The British Medical Association has called for the government to establish an independent children's commissioner in a bid to improve the UK's 'poor record' on child health. A BMA report says the UK ranks 18th in a table of countries for deaths in early childhood, while social inequalities are 'marked' and 'widening'. In Wales, Assembly secretary for health and social services Jane Hutt has already asked the health and social services committee to work through proposals to establish a children's commissioner for Wales. She said a commissioner should be able to promote the rights and interests of all children and encourage public services to raise standards.

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