State of child health report 2017

Just published (Jan 2017), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’ report:  State of Child Health in the UK.

Key messages include:

  • 1 in 5 children in UK living in poverty
  • Infant mortality – UK ranks 15th out of 19 Western European countries
  • Smoking in pregnancy – higher in UK than many European countries
  • Breastfeeding – mothers in more affluent more likely  to breastfeed than those in deprived areas
  • Obesity – 1 in 5 children in first year of primary school are overweight/obese
  • Smoking – more prevalent among teens in deprived areas.

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Counting the cost of UK poverty

Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published (1st Aug 2016) this report which estimates the more tangible cost that poverty brings to society, specifically in the form of the cost to the public purse.

It illustrates the magnitude of the cost of poverty in order to show the kinds of savings that a sustained reduction in poverty could bring. It also looks at some longer-term consequences of poverty to the Treasury, in terms of reduced revenues and increased benefit payments to people whose earnings potential will be damaged in the future by the experience of poverty today.

UK Statistics on Alcohol

House of Commons Briefing Paper on alcohol consumption in the UK has just been published (27th June 2016).  This shows that the decline in alcohol drinking between 2005 -2012 appears to have remained level. Men still continue to consume more alcohol than women in the UK.  The briefing also provides statistics for alcohol-related hospital admissions in England and Scotland. A useful document for those interested in this aspect of public health.