Royal college calls for new policies to improve health outcomes of 11 million children

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6944
  1. Emma Parish
  1. 1The BMJ

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has called for the next UK government to “value our children” and reduce health inequality, in a new manifesto launched on Tuesday 18 November.1

Vision2015 aims to make health outcomes among the 11 million children in the United Kingdom similar to the best countries in the world. In the manifesto’s foreword, Hilary Cass, the college’s president, outlines five key areas for targeted improvement in child health. She wants an “equal focus given to our younger population,” to “improve the health of the nation as a whole.”

The manifesto says that early intervention is crucial, maintaining that “healthy children are more likely to be healthy adults.” Childhood obesity, unsurprisingly, features prominently. Current figures show that 26% of boys and 29% of girls in the …

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