Ending Child Poverty Will Improve Child And Population Health

Professor Neena Modi, RCPCH President, and Dan Jarvis MP have collaborated to write an article on the impact of inequality on child health, reinforcing the call for action to end child poverty. The article has been published on the same day as newly released figures from the Government that reveal 4 million children are growing up in poverty. 

Across all age groups children who live in poverty are less likely to survive than their better-off peers, and will be less healthy at every stage of their lives. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made a series of recommendations that warrant the support of politicians across all parties, something which is needed if the number of children living in poverty is to be brought down. Modi and Jarvis say: 

"A cross-governmental approach, taking child health into consideration in every policy area will be required. Also required is an end to short-sighted cuts that risk preventing children from accessing crucial services."

The full article can be read on the Huffington Post website