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Pledge to improve children's health

20th February 2013

The Government has launched a new pledge about making improvements to the health of children and young people.

Health minister Daniel Poulter was first to sign the pledge, which is part of the government’s response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum at an event at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

Dr Poulter said: “It is a shocking fact that child mortality in Britain is the worst when compared to other similar European countries.  There is unacceptable variation across the country in the quality of care for children – for example in the treatment of long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

“We are determined that children and young people will be at the heart of the new health and care system. Too often in the past their needs have been an afterthought.

“Our pledge demonstrates how all parts of the system will play their part and work together to improve children’s health. There is already a lot of good work going on but we want the NHS to do even more to improve care for children and young people and reduce the mortality rate.”

By signing the pledge, Dr Poulter committed the government to improve the health of children and young people, improve services from pregnancy to adolescence and beyond and reduce avoidable deaths.

A range of organisations have also signed up to the pledge including Academy of Royal Colleges, Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), Care Quality Commission, Faculty of Public Health, NHS Commissioning Board, NHS Confederation and several royal colleges.


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