England: losing race to improve children’s health

07 December 2018

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

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Mortality rates are set to be 140% higher for infants in England than in comparable wealthy nations by 2030.

Other shocking projections, in a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), include a 60% increase in mental health problems, 50% more A&E attendances for children and young people, and obesity in almost a third of England’s most deprived boys.

The Child health in 2030 in England report used long-term historical data to project outcomes for children and young people’s health in 2030.

It concluded that while England is in the middle of the pack for some outcomes, England is likely to fall further behind other wealthy countries in the majority over the next decade.

Professor Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: ‘If we are to turn the tide on these predictions, development of a children and young people’s health strategy and funding for a transformation programme to lead improvements in children’s health will be essential.’

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