Even in the UK

Today’s News? It’s shown that the poverty reduces life expectancy even in a socialised medical system like the UK.

Children from poorer families are more likely to die young. 

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said the nation needs deal with the growing gap between rich and poor to have any impact on high mortality rates since with the current economic crisis, the poorest are affected the most. With plans to cut child support, this is a critical issue.

Meanwhile public health policies to reduce child deaths are “piecemeal”,

Youngsters in the UK are at a higher risk of premature death than their peers in western Europe according to the Why Children Die report says.

3000 infants died in the UK in 2012 and 2000 children aged 1 to 19. Many of the deaths among babies occurred because of pre-term delivery and low birth weights, while injury is the most frequent cause of death among children over the age one one. While injuries can be reduced by aesthetic and design? LBWT and Premie babies needs to be addressed with better maternal care and Ob/Gynae support rather than trying to opt for home births and increase such risks.

And the big dividing line is social and income inequality.

Other actions which could be taken include; introducing a 20mph road limit in residential areas and school zones to prevent road deaths, better education about health at school, crossing guards and the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol while not cutting or rationing healthcare or child benefits.

The rationing of child benefits is just a step backwards.


  1. Holms says

    Other actions which could be taken include; introducing a 20mph road limit in residential areas and school zones to prevent road deaths…
    This is only workable in a very limited sense. Schools sited on a major road (such as my primary school and both high schools) can only reasonably enforce such restrictions on the relatively minor roads alongside / behind the school grounds; trying such a thing on the major road would make a twice-daily traffic jam there and ruin the benefit of being on a major road in the first place. And yes, there is a benefit to having access to a major road: much more public transport access.

    Beyond those access roads though, the traffic restrictions are simply unworkable. Entire residential zones? Nope.

    …better education about health at school…
    And I would include access to decent food under this category as well, though this will vary hugely from school to school as determined by their differing sizes and hence budgets.

    …and the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol…
    I’m not really seeing this one, as this will only punish the poor further. People without an alcohol problem aren’t really prone to drink driving, so they’re not the major target of such pricing restrictions; the ones that will feel this are those with alcohol issues… who will simply be driven to bankruptcy faster if their precious nectar becomes more expensive.

  2. hm says

    How fast is 20 mph? Here in British Columbia and probably other provinces, the speed limit NEA schools and then playgrounds is 30 kph. And anyone caught speeding is given a heavy fines plus points against their licence. If you get more than 3 points I think, your licence is suspended.

    The cops so traffic stings at the beginning of the school year and after extended holidays to make sure that traffic laws are followed. Where there is with, there is a way.

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