North Oxfordshire MP raises awareness of child health in Parliament
As the new ‘State of Child Health: One year on’ report shows child health in England lagging behind Scotland and Wales, Victoria Prentis MP has committed to prioritising child health and wellbeing by pledging to work with the Government to bring children’s health policies in England in line with the rest of the UK.
At the launch of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) ‘State of Child Health: One year on’ scorecard on 24 January in Westminster, the North Oxfordshire MP commented: “Child health is important to everyone, and I want to make it a real priority going forward. Children in my constituency deserve to receive the same high quality healthcare as those in neighbouring parts of the UK.”
The scorecards, which have been published for England, Scotland and Wales describe progress against the series of recommendations made a year ago in the RCPCH’s landmark State of Child Health report.
The England scorecard reveals progress in some areas, including the launch of a Digital Child Health Strategy, the publication of a new Tobacco Control Plan, the initiation of some specialist service reviews in paediatrics, and the implementation of the sugar tax.