General Election 2017 - What are the main parties promising for child health?

With General Election 2017 nearly upon us, the main political parties have unveiled their manifestos. These comprehensive documents outline the policies that the parties pledge to implement should they prove victorious on 8 June.

Here at the RCPCH we are politically neutral and don’t take the side of any political party, during an election campaign or otherwise. We do, however, pay close attention to the policy commitments made in each manifesto. These give us a clear indication of what we can expect to see from the next Government, whoever they may be, and help us to identify areas where we can work together with Government, the Opposition and smaller parties when Parliament returns post election. 

The period where parties are drafting their manifestoes is therefore vital for us as we have the opportunity to influence policy direction and push for child health to be at the top of the agenda for the main political parties. This is why we compiled our briefing document, “Child Health Matters – A Vision for 2017” and disseminated it to the key people from the parties shortly after the election was called. 

With calls for a cross-departmental child health strategy, actions to tackle childhood obesity, a cross-party commitment to the NHS and more, our Vision is bold and wide-ranging and, if implemented, would mean a healthier future for generations of infants, children and young people to come. But which parties have adopted our recommendations and made pledges to improve children’s health and wellbeing?

Have a read of Child health matters: A vision for 2017 and then take a look at our manifesto analysis below to see what the three main parties are promising for infants, children and young people.