One in 12 children in Britain are at increased risk of respiratory diseases due to bad housingBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7445.914-c (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:914
- Susan Mayor
One in 12 children in Britain are at increased risk of respiratory diseases as a result of bad housing, a report on the impact of housing on child health has said.
The report, Toying With Their Future, which was published this week, says that more than one million children in Britain are growing up in overcrowded, unfit, or emergency housing—conditions associated with serious health problems and poor education. The report, based on research done by the housing charity Shelter, showed that one in 12 children in England, Wales, and Scotland were at increased risk of developing diseases such as bronchitis, tuberculosis, or asthma because of their poor housing.
The report brought together findings from previous research studies and research specially commissioned by Shelter to …