Analysis

Charity highlights unhealthy postcodes for under fives

A leading children’s charity report has highlighted startling differences in health outcomes among under fives according to where they live in England. The report has been released as the commissioning of public health for children in this age group, including health visiting and family nurse partnerships, is transferred this month to local authorities.

A leading children’s charity report has highlighted startling differences in health outcomes among under fives according to where they live in England. The report has been released as the commissioning of public health for children in this age group, including health visiting and family nurse partnerships, is transferred this month to local authorities.

The National Children’s Bureau’s report, Poor Beginnings, states that children in poorer areas are more prone to obesity, tooth decay, accidental injuries and lower educational development. The charity says that the government has a pivotal role to play in supporting the development of under fives. The report also calls for more research into local strategies and programmes to assess why some areas ‘buck the trend’ with better than expected results despite high levels of deprivation.

In London there were lower numbers of hospital admissions due to injury compared with other regions and high rates of

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