Snapshot of children's health in York revealed

York health chief Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones

York health chief Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones

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ALMOST 4,000 York children are living below the poverty line but the health of the city’s youngsters is mostly better than the UK average, newly-released official figures have revealed.

Child health statistics published yesterday by Public Health England show the city has “significantly” fewer children under four being taken to A&E departments and fewer under-18s being admitted to hospital after drinking, compared to the national picture.

It also performs well on MMR immunisations, birthweights and levels of family homelessness.
In 2012/13, 157 reception-age children and 267 Year Six pupils were classified as obese, both below the national average.

However, 193 people aged between ten and 24 were treated in hospital after self-harming that year, the one area where York is “significantly worse” than the UK average.

Last year, City of York Council research said 4,575 York children were living in poverty, about 13 per cent of the total. The latest health snapshot showed that figure has fallen to 3,995 but the percentage remains about the same, possibly due to fluctuating age patterns, although it is 7.5 per cent better than the average for England.

In 2012, there were 2,095 live births in York, raising the number of people in the city aged 19 and under to 43,500.

Girls are expected to live to 83, three-and-a-half years longer than boys, with York beating national and regional life-expectancy averages, and under-20s now make up more than a fifth of York’s population.

City of York Council’s director of health and wellbeing, Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, said: “It is pleasing to see York is faring well compared to our neighbours and the UK generally, and that York’s children are healthy and well overall.

“York’s low birthweight figures, number of overweight Year Six children and MMR immunisation rate are all above the national average and must continue to be.

"The areas we fared less well in are of a concern to me and I will be working with colleagues to understand what can be done to improve the situation.”

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, the council cabinet member for health, said there was “no room for complacency” over children’s health and said she was concerned at the obesity figures and their implications for the long-term health of the city's residents.

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6:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

Really sad when 193 young people in York have had to self-harm, more sadder is 4,355 children in poverty. That shows the underlying sad fact of no jobs in York. What a rosy future for them.
Really sad when 193 young people in York have had to self-harm, more sadder is 4,355 children in poverty. That shows the underlying sad fact of no jobs in York. What a rosy future for them. Digeorge
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7:09pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Priapus says...

Digeorge wrote:
Really sad when 193 young people in York have had to self-harm, more sadder is 4,355 children in poverty. That shows the underlying sad fact of no jobs in York. What a rosy future for them.
My daughter says "more sadder" but then again she's only six. Anyway, there are lots of jobs in York which is one reason why the unemployment level is lower than the national average and also why house prices are so expensive.
[quote][p][bold]Digeorge[/bold] wrote: Really sad when 193 young people in York have had to self-harm, more sadder is 4,355 children in poverty. That shows the underlying sad fact of no jobs in York. What a rosy future for them.[/p][/quote]My daughter says "more sadder" but then again she's only six. Anyway, there are lots of jobs in York which is one reason why the unemployment level is lower than the national average and also why house prices are so expensive. Priapus
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7:50pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

I am glad you feel 'confident' that there are loads of jobs in York!! Real reason we are in poverty is there haven't been and loads of people on benefits. I hope that your daughter grows up and manages to get one! And a house which are extraordinarily expensive.
I am glad you feel 'confident' that there are loads of jobs in York!! Real reason we are in poverty is there haven't been and loads of people on benefits. I hope that your daughter grows up and manages to get one! And a house which are extraordinarily expensive. Digeorge
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8:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

WishfulxThinker says...

I agree. There is quite a number of jobs going in York and thats reflected in the current unemployment figures
I agree. There is quite a number of jobs going in York and thats reflected in the current unemployment figures WishfulxThinker
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9:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

inthesticks says...

2.8 grand a week to keep stating the bleeding obvious. Information that is already in the public domain. What does this guy actually do to benefit us?
2.8 grand a week to keep stating the bleeding obvious. Information that is already in the public domain. What does this guy actually do to benefit us? inthesticks
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7:24am Thu 20 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

with this blokes and kersten englands obscene wage packet (over £300,000 p.a.) they could help a few kiddies out! also why not dip into kersten englands nesta charity funds which is in the region of 360 million!! and they have the cheek to even talk about poverty! dig deep paul instead of scooting off on one of your many many holidays!!!!!

what do nesta do exactly???
with this blokes and kersten englands obscene wage packet (over £300,000 p.a.) they could help a few kiddies out! also why not dip into kersten englands nesta charity funds which is in the region of 360 million!! and they have the cheek to even talk about poverty! dig deep paul instead of scooting off on one of your many many holidays!!!!! what do nesta do exactly??? oi oi savaloy
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1:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

York, misery capital of the internet.
York, misery capital of the internet. Alf Garnett
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3:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
York, misery capital of the internet.
Try Pontypool.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: York, misery capital of the internet.[/p][/quote]Try Pontypool. MouseHouse
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