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Sir Al Aynsley-Green: ‘Why do we have such appalling outcomes for children?’

Sir Al Aynsley-Green has spent his career in medicine and public life advocating for children. Now, he’s hoping his new book will ‘light a touch paper’ for some important issues
Al Aynsley-Green

Sir Al Aynsley-Green has spent his career in medicine and public life advocating for children. Now he’s hoping his new book will ‘light a touch paper’ for some important issues

As the first-ever children’s commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green was vilified by some of the press for standing up for children’s rights. His campaign to ban the Mosquito – a device that emits a high-pitched sound that can only be heard by the under 25-year-olds and was being used to prevent ‘hoodies’ from hanging around shopping centres – brought particular criticism.

Ten years on the anti-loitering device is still on sale, but have children’s rights improved? He thinks not and has just published a book, called The British Betrayal of Childhood, in which he sets out why he believes children are still being let down by the health service,

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