State of Child Health Report' published in Jan 2017 by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The report states 'childhood health is in jeopardy due to the alarming gap between the rich and the poor.'
The top headlines include:
1. We are making progress, but slower than other countries
Our children and young people's health has improved across most indicators in the past 10 to 20 years. We should celebrate success and recognise that many are alive and thriving today because of our public health and NHS systems and progress through research. However, behind this progress lies a more subtle story – one of the UK falling behind other wealthy countries which have made more progress than we have. Our ambition must surely be to be in the top rank internationally for each indicator.
2. Inequality blights our children's lives
Across every indicator in this report, bar one, children from deprived backgrounds have much worse health and wellbeing than other children and young people. Children living in our wealthiest areas have health outcomes that match the best in the world. But the gaps between the rich and the poor are stark, and some of the outcomes amongst our deprived groups are amongst the worst in the developed world. It should not be this way. It must not be this way.
3. There is a clear pathway to improvement
Each indicator chapter outlines key actions needed to improve the health of our children and young people. The report also identified key recommendations that are urgently needed if we are to place all our child population in the top rank for health and wellbeing.