UK General Election 2019

This election has been an important opportunity to advocate for children, young people, and the paediatricians and child health workers who care for them. Our policy calls included a sustainable workforce, supporting healthier environments and lifestyles and commitments to delivering high quality NHS services.
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Before the election, we made the case for the next UK government to invest in our workforce, put child health at the heart of policy making and implement health improvement programmes in every community.
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We use expert-agreed standards to determine how many consultant paediatricians the UK needs to deliver safe and quality care. We recently estimated that we need an additional 856 whole time equivalent consultants.
We are politically neutral and therefore not partial to any political party. But we did pay close attention to the policy commitments related to the NHS and child health that were made in each manifesto.

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Supporting NHS 111 services across England

Together with NHS England / NHS Improvement, we've been working on ways to deal with increased demand for NHS 111. In late April we contacted paediatricians who are 'shielding', have been stepped down from normal service, or are recently retired to help provide cover for NHS 111 services in England.