Northern Ireland: political deadlock is harming child health, says RCPCH

08 March 2019

Political deadlock blocking progress in child health policy is jeopardising the health of children in Northern Ireland.

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That is according to a review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Ireland.

RCPCH Ireland has published its State of child health Northern Ireland: two years on scorecard, looking at progress made on recommendations from the RCPCH’s landmark 2017 State of child health report.

The scorecard highlights the crisis in children and young people’s mental health, overweight or obesity in a quarter of children, and the lack of a child death review panel.

Raymond Nethercott of RCPCH Ireland said: ‘Where progress had been made before dissolution… very little policy development or implementation has been achieved since.’

Read more about the deadlock in NI in our cover story.