Child deaths are linked to social deprivation in England – NHS report

About 700 child deaths could be avoided each year in England by reducing rates of social deprivation, according to an NHS England-funded report.

The research, which analysed the records of 3,347 children who died in England between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, identified a clear association between the risk of death and level of deprivation, for all categories of death apart from cancer. Read more.

It concluded that more than a fifth (23%) of all child deaths might be avoided if children living in the most deprived areas had the same mortality risk as those living in the least deprived areas. Read more.