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UK is failing its poorest children, conference hears

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3787 (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3787
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The United Kingdom is “failing” its poorest children and condemning them to ill health in later life, a leading child health expert has said.

Rosalind Smyth, director of the Institute of Child Health at University College London, called for more investment to support families and children in the early years. “We are seeing a return of some of the diseases of the Victorian era, such as rickets. As a nation, we need to pay attention to this,” she said.

Smyth was speaking in London on 9 July at a Westminster Health Forum seminar on the next steps for public health and for health and wellbeing boards. She said that the UK’s record on child poverty and deaths among under 5s compared …

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