The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published its “State of Child Health: One year on” scorecard.
The scorecards for England, Scotland and Wales describe progress against the series of recommendations made a year ago in the RCPCH’s landmark State of Child Health report.
The England scorecard reveals progress in some areas including the launch of a Digital Child Health Strategy, the publication of a new Tobacco Control Plan, the initiation of some specialist service reviews in paediatrics and the implementation of the sugar tax. However, there has been no improvement in several fundamental areas, including:
- No plans for an overarching child health strategy
- No junk food advertising ban
- No way of measuring UK breastfeeding prevalence
- No increased investment in child health research
Dr Neela Shade, Executive Director of Arista says, “Do you ever wonder if we, as a society and our Government are fully aware of the state of health of children in the UK? Do we all agree that our children are our future? So, are we investing well in our children? As a paediatrician, I know that children’s services have received more attention and resources over the years, however, there is a long way to go if we truly believe that children deserve better! It may come as a shock to you to know that some children live in considerable poverty in a developed country as ours and as a result their health and wellbeing outcomes are much worse than the others”.
Further information about the report can be found at www.rcpch.ac.uk