State of Child Health report highlights importance of investing in future generations, says RCGP

Publication date: 23 January 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has today responded to the State of Child Health 2017 report, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

She said: "GPs deliver care to young patients every day. It's estimated that around a quarter of our workload centres around delivering the best possible child healthcare, and we would encourage any steps to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of our future generations.

"This important report highlights what will happen if we don't invest properly in promoting healthy lifestyles to children, or tackling health inequalities across the country – and it paints a bleak picture.

"GPs and our nursing colleagues in the community are working hard to make a difference on the frontline of patient care by recommending measures such as whole family lifestyle changes, monitoring our young patients' weight, and educating them and their parents about the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

"The College has long-supported the tax on sugary drinks, and would welcome other public health initiatives to improve child health, such as better food labelling. 

"To ensure GPs are able to continue advising and delivering care to children and their parents as well as possible, we need to see NHS England's GP Forward View, which promises an extra £2.4bn for general practice each year and 5,000 more GPs and other members of their teams, delivered, in full, as a matter of urgency and similar initiatives in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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