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Pledge to cut child deaths

The Government will today announce a new national pledge to reduce child deaths. The all-cause mortality rate of children from 0 to 14 years in the UK is now amongst the worst in Europe.

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Health Minister: Children's health is an 'afterthought'

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said Britain's childhood mortality rates have been amongst the worst in Europe "for too long".

Adding that the variation across the country in the quality of care for children was "unacceptable".

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

He said: "I am determined that children and young people should be put at the heart of the new health and social care system. Too often in the past children's health has been an afterthought."

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