News in numbers: October

05 October 2018

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

The Scottish Government is to invest £60m in school nurses and counselling. This will support 350 counsellors and 250 additional school nurses and ensure that every secondary school has a counselling service.

6x more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago.

927 complaints were received by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales against NHS bodies in 2017-18 – a record high, and a 7% rise in complaints on last year.

Smoking prevalence has dropped by 25% in the last 7 years. It now stands at 15% and by 2023 it may only be 10%, says the Health profile for England report from Public Health England.

£2m extra is being provided in Scotland to help mums breastfeed for longer and reduce the drop-off in breastfeeding rates at 6 to 8 weeks after birth by 10% by 2025.

In England and Wales, unexplained infant deaths rose between 2015 and 2016 from 195 to 219. This is the first increase in the death rate for 3 years.

Find links to relevant reports and surveys highlighted in the news stories here.

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