Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the RCPCH’s report, "State of Child Health: Two Years On", said “Labour has long campaigned for higher priority on improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of children, and we welcome the progress that’s been made.
“But Ministers can’t ignore the fundamental truth that rising child poverty, deprivation and widening inequality betray our children and worsen health outcomes. It’s particularity shocking that reductions in infant mortality have stalled.
“The ongoing deep cuts to public health services will further detrimentally impact child health outcomes and Ministers should have reversed these cuts in the recent NHS Long Term Plan.
“Improving the health and wellbeing of every child will be a significant priority for Labour.”