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.