Home / News / UK by Press Association 23/01/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Youngsters are being “disadvantaged most” by cuts to public health services, leading children’s doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there had been “destructive” reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials have attempted to tackle some of the issues facing child health and wellbeing. While the Government has taken some steps – including introducing the sugar tax on soft drinks and making sex and relationship education mandatory in all schools in England – the authors conclude that the health and wellbeing of youngsters across England remains “largely unchanged”. They wrote: “Children deserve better. It is they who are disadvantaged most by inefficient health services, cuts to public health and the rising tide of poverty.” The report draws on data from King’s Fund analysis which says that councils will spend only £2.52 billion on public health services in 2017/18 compared with £2.60 billion the previous year. “We need parity of esteem between acute and preventive healthcare, said Professor Neena Modi,… Read full this story
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