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Reader's letter: A fair start

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The NSPCC and early years charities have issued a stark warning about the risk of failing a generation of babies born during the pandemic.

We have sent an open letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to say we do not believe England’s health visiting programme is equipped to deal with challenges created by coronavirus.

Figures show that just one in ten parents with children under two saw a health visitor face-to-face during the pandemic.

Our letter highlights that the restructure of Public Health England must prioritise giving every child a fair start in life.

Now, we are asking people to join the thousands who have already raised their voice and signed the Fight for a Fair Start petition at www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/campaigns/fight-for-a-fair-start/ ­— ALLY SULTANA, NSPCC Midlands campaigns manager.

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