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FPH welcomes pledge to reduce child deaths

A new national pledge to reduce child deaths has been announced (19 February) by the government.

The pledge is part of the government's response to the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum, which was set up in January 2012 and which the Faculty of Public Health contributed towards.

Professor Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said:

"With all the changes happening to the NHS and public health at the moment, we welcome this new plan to improve and bring together health services for children and young people. Although we have made progress in improving children's health in many areas, it is not acceptable that mortality rates for children are among the worst in Europe. It is also worrying that children and young people in the care system get such a worse deal when it comes to their physical and mental health.

"We welcome the emphasis in this report on early intervention: right from conception, our children and young people need to get the right help early on at every stage of their lives, to give them the best chance of growing into healthy and happy adults. This report and others out this week all show how important it is that we tackle obesity rates as part of this work.

"Public health expertise can help tackle complex issues like the high rates of hospital admissions for children with asthma that could be prevented if primary care were more effective. We want to see local authorities, who will soon have responsibility for public health, play their part by making full use of the expertise and skills of our members to help build healthy communities that encourage children and young people to thrive."

Written: 22/02/2013 , last modified: 03/05/2013