Conservatives publish manifesto

Responding to the publication of the Conservative Party Manifesto, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

“The Conservatives are right to say Government has a role to play in helping young people get the best possible start in life, and their repeated commitments to tackle child obesity, encourage school sport, and improve mental health are welcome.

"The proposal to end universal free school lunches is therefore surprising as this is a prime opportunity to help avoid junk food and improve children’s concentration in classes. It is also very disappointing that their manifesto contains little that is new or visionary to help address the growing health inequalities that are blighting children’s lives in the UK.

“Improving the health of infants, children and young people of child bearing age is a fundamental means to improve health and economic productivity in adult life, hence ultimately the wealth and wellbeing of the nation, and should be at the heart of strategy for every political party.”

View the Conservative Party manifesto

The RCPCH 'Child Health Matters: A Vision for 2017' sets out the key policy calls we would like all political parties to adopt.