'Bleak future for children's health unless we act now' says RCN
Maria Trewern, Chair of Council said:
“This report paints a bleak picture for children and young people if we do not act now to improve their health and wellbeing.
“RCPCH is right to highlight the important role of health visitors and school nurses in ensuring children have a healthy start to life. They are the frontline defence against childhood obesity and poor child mental health, but all too often nurses report they are understaffed, which means time with the children is rushed.
"They often feel the care they give is compromised. Significant cuts to public health funding has also reduced resources available to help vulnerable families and children in poverty.
“The Government risks turning back the clock on children’s health if it doesn’t increase and protect investment in health visiting and school nursing services. Focusing on child and maternal health in the NHS 10-Year Plan is an opportunity that cannot be missed. If not, we are building problems for the future which can be avoided by interventions at an early stage.”
Notes to Editors
The report can be found on the RCPCH website.