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UK children have “alarming gap” in health between rich and poor, report finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 26 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j377
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Experts in child health have called for a comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty and social inequalities, as a report published this week shows that UK children living in deprived areas have much poorer health than those in more affluent regions.

The report, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,1 brought together data on 25 measures of child health, including deaths; rates of specific diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy; and risk factors for poor health including obesity and smoking.

The results showed that young people’s health has improved over the past 10 to 20 years, but improvements have slowed …

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