The RCPCH's #childhealthmatters campaign aims to secure policy commitments from political parties that will improve the health and lives of children and young people in the lead up to the general election in 2015 and beyond.
What's the problem?
Although progress has been made in some areas such as the establishment of Children and Young People’s Outcome Forum, child health remains relatively low on the political agenda.
And despite the current Government, on election, pledging to make Britain ‘the most family friendly country in the world’, the emphasis has been largely on meeting the needs of the ageing population. As crucial as this is, there is a real danger that without equal investment in children and young people’s health, the nation will be storing up problems that will manifest themselves in future generations.
In addition to this, children’s hospital services are not sustainable with too many unspecialised units and not enough staff – one of the many factors that could be hindering child health outcome improvements for this country.
What is #childhealthmatters aiming to achieve?
Our #childhealthmatters campaign aims to raise awareness amongst the public and politicians of the need to improve child health in the UK. By doing so, its ambition is to secure policy commitments from political parties and the Government that will improve the health and lives of children and young people from 2015 and beyond.