Thursday 15 March 2018 / 12:01 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to international analysis of UK child health outcomes

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the first ever international analysis looking at UK child health outcomes over time, said:

“This powerful report must serve as an urgent wake up call to the scandal of child ill health in our nation.

“Swingeing cuts to public health and early years services have resulted in child poverty rising, differences in life expectancy widening for the first time since 2011 and more obese children in our schools than almost any other high-income country.

“Instead of bold action, this Government is driving through further cuts to children’s services and health visitors, a move blatantly against the interests of vulnerable children and their families.

“While the Tories neglect children’s health, improving the health and wellbeing of every child will be a priority for Labour.”