Health secretary Alan Johnson has ordered two reports into the way NHS organisations protect vulnerable children in the wake of Baby P's death in Haringey.

The Department of Health and Healthcare Commission are concerned that despite failings on the part of the NHS, all four NHS organisations involved had declared themselves as compliant with standards on safeguarding children.

A report published on Monday by the Department for Children, Schools and Families found "significant weakness" in child protection and safeguarding at Haringey and its partner agencies. It said social care, health and police authorities did not routinely and consistently collaborate or communicate in cases involving vulnerable children.

Communication failures

Mr Johnson said the failures of the local NHS organisations to communicate properly were unacceptable and that there were urgent lessons from "this appalling case".

He has asked the Healthcare Commission to file two reports. One will look at child protection arrangements in the NHS organisations involved: North Middlesex University Hospital, the Whittington and Great Ormond Street Hospital trusts and Haringey teaching primary care trust. The second will look at arrangements across the NHS to examine whether national standards are being met in practice.

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