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[Editorial] Policy lacking to prevent adverse health for poor UK children

In the UK, 4 million children, about one in four, live in poverty, 100 000 more than in the previous year. A report launched on April 11, Poverty and Child Health—commissioned by charities, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Child Poverty Action Group—illustrates paediatricians’ concern about the negative impact of child poverty on their health. The report is based on an online survey of over 250 paediatricians across the UK. Two-thirds of the respondents said that poverty and low income contribute very much to the ill health of children they work with, pointing to food insecurity and living in what is described as cold, damp, overcrowded housing, as major contributing factors to health deterioration.