Poverty and child health: Views from the frontline

Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors | 

A new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) claims that poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children.

This report is based on a survey of more than 250 paediatricians and provides an insight into the reality of life for UK children living in poverty. The report looks at a number of areas including food insecurity; poor housing; and worry, stress and stigma and their effect on the health of children.

It reveals that:

  • more than two-thirds of paediatricians surveyed said poverty and low income contribute ‘very much’ to the ill health of children they work with
  • housing problems or homelessness were a concern for two thirds of respondents.
  • more than 60% said food insecurity contributed to the ill health amongst children they treat 3
  • 40% had difficulty discharging a child in the last 6 months because of concerns about housing or food insecurity
  • more than 50% of respondents said that financial stress and worry contribute ‘very much’ to the ill health of children they work with

The full report can be downloaded here

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