8 Mar, 2015

Dr Hilary Cass: Britain doesn’t need to have the worst child mortality rate in western Europe


On first taking the role, Dr Cass thought she would discover that factors behind the UK’s high still birth and premature mortality rates would be linked to neonatal care or “a shortage of paediatricians and gaps in rotas” – but, in reality, education, or rather a lack of proper sex and relationship education, was more important.

“This is recognised by the health sector, and we need to get this recognised by those who pass legislation; but we also want the public to care about this,” she said.

Dr Cass commented that this was not on the agenda of the Secretary of State for Education, “because of the huge focus on academic output”.