What does the NHS Atlas of Child Health tell us about variations in care?

This Guardian article discusses the newly published NHS Atlas of Child Health.

The article  is written by the president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and looks at why there is unwarranted variation in child healthcare.

 “Also interesting is the atlas’s revelation that such variation cannot always be solved by simply injecting more money. Increased spending on a service does not necessarily result in better quality – among providers of childhood diabetic services for example, there is no clear correlation between greater resource and improved clinical outcomes. The challenge now for healthcare commissioners, practitioners and government is to use the atlas data to minimise this unwarranted variation

See article: Children’s health: a good map is worth a thousand words. Guardian Professional, Tues 20th March 2012.