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March 2015

Child Health Debate

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health hosted the Child Health Debate on Tuesday 3 March at its office in London, which was well-attended by members and other organisations.

The debate was chaired by Alastair McLellan, Editor of the Health Service Journal and the panel included: 

  • Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
  • Sarah Newton MP, Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party
  • Baroness Claire Tyler, Liberal Democrat, House of Lords
  • RCPCH President Dr Hilary Cass OBE
  • Thines Ganeshamoorthy, RCPCH Youth Advisory Panel member

The panel discussed in detail the challenges such as the UK’s child mortality rate, obesity levels and mental health needing a coordinated approach across departments. This requires a cross-government strategy for improving the physical, mental and emotional health of children and young people.

View the conversation and photos of the debate on Twitter.

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 July 2014

Why Children Die Part C - a policy response for Wales

In response to the Why Children Die report, RCPCH Wales developed Part C through work with Welsh paediatricians and Public Health Wales’ Child Death Review programme. Part C contains recommendations across the three domains of government and civil society; health systems and organisations; and health care and public health.

May 2014

Why Children Die report

Every year it is estimated that 1,951 additional children– around 5 a day – die in the UK compared to Europe’s best performing country for child mortality, Sweden.  The College is committed to reducing childhood mortality in the UK, ensuring all infants, children, young people, and their families are resourced and supported to survive and thrive.  By working with child health experts to review existing evidence and through working in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau we have developed key policy recommendations to tackle premature mortality.