Well the first thing to say is that the petition has over 90,000 signatures! That is more people than Wembley Stadium can hold, which is amazing, and proves how much of an issue this is. If you haven’t already, I’d urge you to look at the petition here and sign if you agree with it.
So, as an update, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to understand the process of changing national policy around tongue tie and there are a few things to note. Whilst it can be mandated nationally, by NHS England, and spurred on by the government, this will take a long time to change. In the meantime, local NHS Trusts make their own decisions on how to deal with tongue ties.
Therefore, another element to this campaign must be to engage local hospitals directly.
The good news is that the hospital I have spoken to about this – Kingston Hospital – acknowledge the issue and are willing to change their policies. And whilst it’s taking a bit longer than I’d hoped, the noises suggest real change could happen. Which is, if it happens, fantastic.
But of course, that is potentially only one hospital, and there are many more that use the observation and referral policy, rather than offering an immediate at birth service.
I’ve got an FOI request out with NHS England in order to get a list of the hospitals who don’t offer the at birth service, so that I can get the ball rolling with them all. Which is a big ask.
And in the meantime, I’ll be engaging with as many groups, influencers, MPs as I can, as well as the relevant Ministers.
Finally, if you’d like to help out then please shout! It’s just me at the moment! Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org