Commenting on a report published today by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) which found that child health in the UK is lagging behind that of most other European countries, Professor Parveen Kumar, chair of the BMA’s board of science, said:
“From this report it is clear that the UK is still failing many children, which mirrors the findings outlined in a series of papers published by the BMA showing that children from more deprived backgrounds have worse health and wellbeing outcomes than other children and young people.
“Children should not pay the price for the economic downturn. Every child in the UK deserves a start in life that will help them achieve their true potential.
“Without any adequate pre-emptive checks before cuts to vital public services in recent years, it has fallen to scholars and welfare charities to count the cost of cuts. This is why there should be a mandatory requirement for all government departments and public bodies to assess the impact of new policies to see how they will affect the health of our children.”
Notes to editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional association and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.
- A series of papers published by the BMA in September 2016 showed that the austerity agenda has harmed the physical and mental health of the most vulnerable across the UK - particularly children and families on low income, disabled people, and elderly people.