Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children according to paediatricians – and any new Government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations. That’s according to a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) launched today (11 May 2017).
The report looks at a number of areas including food insecurity, poor housing and worry, stress and stigma – and their effect on the health of children.
It reveals that:
- more than two-thirds of paediatricians surveyed said poverty and low income contribute ‘very much’ to the ill health of children they work with
- housing problems or homelessness were a concern for two thirds of respondents.
- more than 60% said food insecurity contributed to the ill health amongst children they treat 3
- 40% had difficulty discharging a child in the last 6 months because of concerns about housing or food insecurity
- more than 50% of respondents said that financial stress and worry contribute ‘very much’ to the ill health of children they work with
Link to report here