Cuts to essential providers are jeopardising the well being of England’s kids, nursing leaders are warning.
The Royal School of Nursing highlighted figures displaying reductions within the numbers of faculty nurses and well being guests.
The union stated authorities cuts to public well being budgets – held by native authorities – have been accountable.
The Conservatives say they’re defending kids’s well being, with over £3bn spent on public well being final 12 months.
A spokesman for the celebration stated the federal government had printed a “world main” little one weight problems plan, whereas funding was being made in little one psychological well being.
“We’re centered on defending the well being of our kids,” he added.
However this has been strongly disputed by the RCN, which says well being guests and college nurses are “vital” to the agenda.
A four-year plan to spice up well being customer numbers started in England in 2011, however the union fears that progress is now being undermined.
Figures present there are simply over 2,500 faculty nursing employees, down from three,000 in 2010 – a drop of 16%.
Well being customer numbers have gone up since 2010, once they stood at eight,000, due to a focused programme to recruit extra.
Nonetheless, the numbers are nonetheless 1,000 down on the excessive of simply over 10,000 seen in 2015.
RCN basic secretary Janet Davies stated: “Cuts to those vital providers threat not solely the well being of our kids, but additionally the way forward for our nation.
“There is a wealth of proof that ill-health in childhood can have a detrimental impression in maturity.
“If these cuts proceed, we’re heading for extra well being issues, extra inequality and much more stress on our public providers down the road.”
Unfilled nurse posts
Councils get funding from the Division of Well being to run public well being providers.
The funding has been minimize in every of the final three years and by 2020 the grant is anticipated to be 10% decrease than it was in 2016.
It comes after the RCN, which is holding its annual convention in Liverpool, unveiled analysis displaying an total scarcity of all kinds of nurses in England.
It discovered there have been about 40,000 unfilled nurse posts – double the quantity in 2013. The issues elsewhere within the UK have been much less extreme, the union stated.
Labour is promising a brand new little one well being fund, to extend faculty nurse and well being customer numbers.