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Letters Great leap backwards

Spanish children are most affected by the economic crisis, says the Spanish Society of Public Health (SESPAS)

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1945
  1. Luis Rajmil, senior researcher1,
  2. Lucía Artazcoz, director of health promotion2,
  3. Pilar García-Gómez, assistant professor of applied economics3,
  4. Manuel Flores, research associate4,
  5. Ildefonso Hernández-Aguado, professor5
  6. On behalf of the Spanish Society of Public Health (SESPAS)
  1. 1Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AQuAS) and IMIM Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques, Barcelona 08023, Spain
  2. 2Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona
  3. 3Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  4. 4DEGA Instituto Universitario de Estudos e Desenvolvemento de Galicia, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  5. 5Department of Public Health, Universidad Miguel Hernández and CIBERESP, Spain
  1. lrajmil{at}

As Taylor-Robinson and colleagues show, child health and wellbeing have taken “a great leap backwards” in many countries during the current economic crisis.1 Since 2008, the risk of poverty and economic inequality has increased in Spain, and more so among children than in the general population. The proportion of children at risk of poverty increased from 28.2% to 36.3% between 2008 and 2012.2 Within …

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