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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14030: Ballantyne, Michelle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to implement each of the recommendations in the paper by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, State of Child Health Report 2017.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 31 January 2018

The Scottish Government welcomed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's (RCPCH) State of Child Health Report in 2017. At the time of publication, many of the policies highlighted in the report were already being taken forward in Scotland.

On 23 January 2018, the RCPCH published a Scorecard which has been developed by RCPCH UK to assess progress against each of the policy recommendations made in the report using a colour coded rating.

The RCPCH praised the Scottish Government for the progress made on many of its policies such as childhood obesity, breastfeeding, maternity care, child poverty and child and adolescent mental health.

We will continue to work closely with the RCPCH to monitor progress in each area on a regular basis.