FACEBOOK and Google must do more to tackle a kids’ mental health crisis, says the NHS chief.
Simon Stevens says the health service is acting alone to protect youngsters from social media stress and cyber-bullying.
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He told the net giants: “We have to ask some pretty searching questions around the role of technology companies, social media and the impact that is having on childhood.
“This cannot be a conversation that is simply left to the NHS to pick up the pieces.”
Speaking at a conference in Manchester, Mr Stevens warned the “double epidemic” of mental illness and obesity is the biggest threat to children’s wellbeing.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has previously accused social media firms of “turning a blind eye” to the harm they are causing kids – and threatened them with new laws unless they act.
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Liverpool University researchers last year warned teenage depression has reached “crisis point” with one in four UK girls affected.
Experts claim social media stress and cyber-bullying were fuelling record levels of anxiety.
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On obesity, Mr Stevens warns Brits are spending twice as much time on the loo as exercising.
He said the fat epidemic will see hospitals increasingly swamped by patients with diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
He said people must ditch their couch potato lifestyles and eat better – for their own wellbeing and that of the NHS.
Ministers are set to launch a new blitz on childhood obesity later this month.
THE NHS is a “tremendous bargain” for Brits at a daily cost of £6.60 per person – 30 per cent less than Germany.
Health service boss Simon Stevens said he was “heartened” by Theresa May’s pledge of a cash boost later this summer.
The Prime Minister has promised ten years of extra cash for the NHS to boost outcomes.
Mr Stevens said: “The case for the NHS can be made very simply. We are a high quality health service – that’s not to say we’re perfect – that removes the money worries for people at times of sickness.
“And we are a tremendous economic bargain for the people of this country.
“Costing on average £6.60 per person per day – 30 per cent less than the German system.”