Quite a few people have typed into their search engines updates about the Haringey Breastfeeding Campaign and arrived at this blog. Apologies for everyone who could not find the info they were looking for.

Click on this link for the latest article on the campaign.

As far as I am concerned there are two big scandals here:

1) the huge differences in breastfeeding rates between the east and west of the borough (see above article for details) St. Anns – 26.7% vs Highgate – 64.3%(shocking, ey?)

2) The fact that the Haringey PCT board accepted the recommendation that a specialist would lead to the universal health staff to be de-skilled on the basis of anecdotal evidence.

Frankly, basing decisions on anecdotal evidence is not good enough. Sheena Carr, the author of the Haringey breastfeeding review finally promised – after we challenged her repeatedly – to find the evidence to back up her recommendation which has already been rubber stamped by the PCT board.

Two weeks on we’re still waiting for her to come back to us with the promised evidence. I have suggested that she should also present a summary of evidence in support of a breastfeeding specialist so the whole process of adopting the recommendations of the Haringey Breastfeeding Review (some of them are very good) does not descend into a total farce.

We’re waiting to hear back from Sheena.

You can read the text of our deputation to Haringey PCT board on Sarah Cope’s blog (but please don’t buy into the alarmist “Don’t get sick in Haringey” stuff in the rest of the article – while things might not be looking great you can still get most of the health treatment you need – so don’t worry yourself sick 🙂

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Just a quick one to say that MP (and Under-Secretary of State for Equalities) Lynne Featherstone has thrown her weight behind our campaign.

Many of us have received a letter from her which included a copy of the letter she had sent to Tracey Baldwin, Chief Executive of Haringey Primary Care Trust on our action day.

In her letter Lynne has asked Haringey PCT to:

  • Establish the post of specialist breastfeeding midwife in Haringey on a permanent basis (widening the remit of a review on breastfeeding services to include the possibility of a permanent post would be welcome)
  • Make the timeline of any review Haringey PCT undertakes regarding this matter publicly available
  • Consult service users widely during any review and make the conclusions available to the general public on the PCT website
  • ask if Haringey PCT plans to receive UNICEF baby friendly accreditation  for its’ community health care facilities and if so what the timeline and the budget is for this undertaking
  • Commit further resources to ensure that all mothers in Haringey can access the breastfeeding support they need on a regular basis including establishing a breastfeeding support group in Wood Green N22 in addition to existing support groups
  • Make all future plans to improve (or reduce) the breastfeeding support in Haringey publicly available
  • Widely and publicly consult service users regarding a significant change to breastfeeding support service provisions in Haringey
  • Well, we are all waiting for Tracey Baldwin’s reply…

     

    New article in the Haringey Advertiser about the protest today !