Wednesday 28 August 2019 / 9:44 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Report is a wakeup call to ministers on children’s health and wellbeing – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Good Childhood report published today by The Children’s Society, said:

“It’s shameful that so many children report being so unhappy and this report should act as a wakeup call to ministers.

“The current Tory government is failing to act. Our children’s health should be a national priority, yet after nine years of austerity the government’s response to the issue of child health has been piecemeal as it continues to squeeze the NHS and take money from our public health system and schools.

“We would welcome a national measurement of children’s wellbeing – we have committed to introduce a Future Generations Wellbeing Act to prioritise children’s health and wellbeing as a priority for the next Labour government because every child deserve a healthy, happy childhood.

“The next Labour government will focus determinedly on improving the health and wellbeing of every child and has committed to adopt a comprehensive, cross-government national strategy to tackle health inequalities, attacking the wider determinants of ill health and putting prevention first.”

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Notes to editors

  • Almost a quarter of a million children in the UK – the equivalent of 219,000 – report being unhappy with their lives as a whole, according to new figures from The Children’s Society – https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/good-childhood-report