Put an end to commercial 'parenting club' reps in maternity units
  • Petitioning Dr Dan Poulter MP

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Dr Dan Poulter MP

Put an end to commercial 'parenting club' reps in maternity units

    1. Vicky Garner
    2. Petition by

      Vicky Garner

      St Austell, United Kingdom

The hours after having a baby are an important time for mums and their partners to get to know their new baby, learn the skill of feeding and baby care and for the mum to recover from the physical effects of birth. This is a time for rest and recuperation and for the new family and their relatives and friends. 

Interruption from sales representatives there to pass on advertising material and extract data from mothers to sell on, is not something a new family needs. Yet in maternity units across the country this is what is happening, often within the first few hours of a baby being born.

Profit motivated parenting clubs such as Bounty are paying maternity units for the right to access their wards and approach mothers just hours after they have given birth. They are also allowed to take photographs of new parents with their babies that they then sell to parents. They generate a large profit both from the photographs and by selling the data they obtain from parents on to companies, who then shower parents with advertising and sales calls.

A survey by Mumsnet shows over half of new mothers felt the Bounty rep invaded their privacy on maternity wards.

Maternity Units are not the place for strangers selling their products. The government must stop allowing sales reps onto maternity wards. 

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    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Join the call for HMRC to end its £90k/year relationship with Bounty

      Vicky Garner
      Petition organiser

      HMRC pay Bounty to distribute Child Benefit claim forms within the Bounty packs that reps give out on maternity wards. This gives Bounty a legitimacy that they would otherwise not have.

      Treasury Secretary David Gauke MP should end HMRC’s relationship with Bounty and stop using this commercial enterprise as the means of distributing the Child Benefit form.

      To support this campaign please email David Gauke MP's private office: action.xst@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk
      cc'ing: gauked@parliament.uk

      And ask him to end the arrangement with Bounty and review the system so that:

      1.Child Benefit forms are made available via the Registry Office (reaching 100% of new parents).
      2. Forms are made available with other forms that a parent might need as a single package, to pick up from post offices, from a midwife or health visitor.
      3. Forms are made available free of charge to charities so that they can distribute them direct to parents.

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      Thank you!

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dorothy Newton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 6 hours ago

      It is an outrageous idea to let sales reps into maternity wards - we've fought against milk subsitutes "nurses"/sales people in hospitals in developing countries - As a grandmother I'm horrified at this invideous idea - leave parents in peace to bond with their babes!

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    • Richard Aitken INVERNESS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 17 hours ago

      Sales reps should not be allowed access to wards at all. Its just wrong and should be treated a s a crime!

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    • John Wood SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      NHS is not a shop

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    • Ben Hull NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      We must try to put an end to the commercialising of the NHS

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    • Briony Mastro GLOSSOP, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      because I was vulnerable and did not know at the time the woman was a sales rep and not a health worker!

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