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Child deaths 'disproportionately high' among the poor

Child deaths are "disproportionately" high among the poor, a group of leading children's doctors has said. Their report also says British children are more likely to die prematurely than their peers elsewhere in Western Europe.

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Doctors set out steps to reduce UK child deaths

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has set out a number of measures it wants the Government to take to reduce infant mortality, including tightening road traffic laws and bringing in minimum alcohol pricing.

  • withdraw the Government's welfare cap to avoid high living costs hitting poor families
  • a 20mph speed limit in built-up areas to stop road accidents
  • a Graduated Licence scheme for new drivers
  • better health education in schools
  • introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol
  • more action to stop mothers smoking during pregnancy

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