Liberal Democrats announce child health pledges

Responding to the child health pledges in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

"'Putting children first' as the Liberal Democrats pledge to do is a sound, long-sighted strategy for improving the health, wellbeing, and economic prosperity of the nation that we applaud. It is encouraging to see them commit to many of the ‘asks’ we made in our State of Child Health and other reports, including introducing restrictions on the marketing of junk food, reinstating public health funding and introducing minimum unit pricing for alcohol. 

"The emphasis on education and mental health is also very welcome, as is the humanitarian pledge to reopen the Dubs scheme to offer 3,000 unaccompanied children indefinite leave to remain in the UK and the proposal to protect global spending on immunisation programmes.

"A focus by the next Government on the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people, replacing the short-termism that blights their lives with a vision that will stand them in good stead into old age, will also bring wider benefits, increasing the economic productivity of the adult population and reducing the burdens placed on health services."

View the Liberal Democrat press release here

The RCPCH 'Child Health Matters: A Vision for 2017' sets out the key policy calls we would like all political parties to adopt, and can be read on our website.