Ban photo, nappy and skin cream sellers from Royal Bolton Hospital, says MP

OUT OF PLACE? The sale of Bounty bags should be banned at Bolton Royal Hospital, says Yasmin Qureshi

OUT OF PLACE? The sale of Bounty bags should be banned at Bolton Royal Hospital, says Yasmin Qureshi

First published in News
Last updated
The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

COMMERCIAL sales reps, who sell photography services and promote nappies and skin creams, should be banned from the Royal Bolton, according to a Bolton MP.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, has backed a call by website Mumsnet for all NHS trusts across the country to ditch contracts with reps selling photography services and “goody bags”.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust allows Bounty — a commercial parenting club — to send sales reps on to maternity units to hand out goody bags filled with free samples of nappies and skin creams. But the Bolton Trust — which runs the Royal Bolton Hospital — say it has never received any complaints about the reps.

The trust also has an in-house photographer on the wards offering a new baby or family service.

Sue Anderton, head of midwifery at the Bolton trust, said: “In line with most maternity units Bounty reps do come on to the wards and I have never received a complaint about them. In fact our mums welcome the free products that they provide — having a new baby is expensive.

“We receive a fee from Bounty for this and this money goes back into the Trust.

“In terms of photographers, our own trust photographers offer a new baby or family service, but never ‘hard sell’. And the income from that again comes back into the Trust.”

Last financial year, the hospital received £4,990 from Bounty UK, and this year it will receive a further £6,385.

A national survey led by Mumsnet revealed 82 per cent of mothers thought that it was unacceptable for hard sales tactics to take place on wards.An online petition asking the government's Health Minister to get sales reps off wards has attracted 23,000 signatures.

Ms Qureshi said: “It is an invasion of privacy and should be stopped. I’m calling on the Government to ban sales reps from maternity wards.

“I’m also writing to the chairman of Bolton Hospital NHS Trust to ask that he reviews the situation at Bolton Hospital and bans sales reps from the maternity unit there.”

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: “We're delighted to see MPs getting behind this campaign. NHS trusts need to start putting new mothers' rights to privacy before commercial gain.”

Clare Goodrham, General Manager of Bounty, said: “Over the last 54 years, Bounty has worked in partnership with the NHS and hospitals to provide essential health information and free products to generations of new mothers.

“We are deeply disappointed that in recent weeks a direct commercial competitor, whose users we deeply respect and admire, has made inaccurate claims about Bounty.

“The wellbeing of mums continues to be our number one priority. That is why Bounty is welcomed by 99 per cent of maternity units and 92 per cent of mums say that they love the free packs thanks to the free samples, money off vouchers and health information guides.”

. This is important to all mums but particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who might not have access to this from other sources.”

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:10am Tue 24 Sep 13

Labradorlover says...

As an ex midwife at Bolton I recall some women refused to go home with their baby until the Bounty rep had called. They didn`t want to miss out on their freebies and as Sue Anderton points out, who would refuse a free supply of baby care products if offered to them ? The Bounty rep always checked at the midwives office before entering the ward and was advised as to which women should be left undisturbed at that time (for whatever reason). As for the photographer, women can always say no. If the funds generated from these schemes are ploughed back into the maternity unit, where is the harm ? Mumsnet tends to be used by middle and upper class mums who can afford to purchase baby products without counting the pennies. We have a number of deprived areas in Bolton where families appreciate, and need, additional help and support, financially and otherwise. It would be these families who would suffer if Bounty were banned.
As an ex midwife at Bolton I recall some women refused to go home with their baby until the Bounty rep had called. They didn`t want to miss out on their freebies and as Sue Anderton points out, who would refuse a free supply of baby care products if offered to them ? The Bounty rep always checked at the midwives office before entering the ward and was advised as to which women should be left undisturbed at that time (for whatever reason). As for the photographer, women can always say no. If the funds generated from these schemes are ploughed back into the maternity unit, where is the harm ? Mumsnet tends to be used by middle and upper class mums who can afford to purchase baby products without counting the pennies. We have a number of deprived areas in Bolton where families appreciate, and need, additional help and support, financially and otherwise. It would be these families who would suffer if Bounty were banned. Labradorlover
  • Score: 12

11:16am Tue 24 Sep 13

boltonchap says...

Breaking news - Yasmin Qureshi in the UK. And making a contribution to a story of real importance too! Now we know she exists let's hear what her views are on real issues such as the gradual decline of Bolton caused by labour political ineptitude, the awful state of the RBH and proliferation of the veil on our streets. I can guarantee the silence will be deafening.
Breaking news - Yasmin Qureshi in the UK. And making a contribution to a story of real importance too! Now we know she exists let's hear what her views are on real issues such as the gradual decline of Bolton caused by labour political ineptitude, the awful state of the RBH and proliferation of the veil on our streets. I can guarantee the silence will be deafening. boltonchap
  • Score: 8

1:59pm Tue 24 Sep 13

cosmicma says...

it amazes me what MP's will attack to get their name in the news
well i think Yasmin Qureshi has made a booboo with this one
using mumsnet as a reference to justify the headline i bet if mumsnet did a survey asking if Bounty should be baned from giving free samples to new mothers in the maternity ward the outcome would be quite different

if i did a survey ANYWHERE and asked should hard sales tactics be used in hospitals the answer would always be a resounding NO. i don't class bounty giving gift packs away as hard sales the new mum is free to choose to carry on buying the products or not theres no sale rep pressuring you to sign an agreement
as far as the in house photographer is concerned fair play to the company that gets the contract there's no photography ban on the wards people can still take photo's of their new born and if they want to use a professorial they can
i see nothing wrong with that

and most of all it injects a little much needed money into the trust fund it's a win win situation how can any of this be wrong ????
it amazes me what MP's will attack to get their name in the news well i think Yasmin Qureshi has made a booboo with this one using mumsnet as a reference to justify the headline i bet if mumsnet did a survey asking if Bounty should be baned from giving free samples to new mothers in the maternity ward the outcome would be quite different if i did a survey ANYWHERE and asked should hard sales tactics be used in hospitals the answer would always be a resounding NO. i don't class bounty giving gift packs away as hard sales the new mum is free to choose to carry on buying the products or not theres no sale rep pressuring you to sign an agreement as far as the in house photographer is concerned fair play to the company that gets the contract there's no photography ban on the wards people can still take photo's of their new born and if they want to use a professorial they can i see nothing wrong with that and most of all it injects a little much needed money into the trust fund it's a win win situation how can any of this be wrong ???? cosmicma
  • Score: 3

4:12pm Tue 24 Sep 13

itsnotthatbad says...

What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.
What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Tue 24 Sep 13

itsnotthatbad says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.
Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.[/p][/quote]Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Tue 24 Sep 13

mr.mark.c says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
itsnotthatbad wrote:
What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.
Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly
Are they getting free cigs ? if not then why comment on this, you will find loads of articles about smoking at the Hospital.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.[/p][/quote]Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly[/p][/quote]Are they getting free cigs ? if not then why comment on this, you will find loads of articles about smoking at the Hospital. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Tue 24 Sep 13

itsnotthatbad says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
itsnotthatbad wrote:
itsnotthatbad wrote:
What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.
Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly
Are they getting free cigs ? if not then why comment on this, you will find loads of articles about smoking at the Hospital.
I commented as it's a current story. If you actually read what I said it was focusing on that they should concentrate more on the smelly smokers out the front than pick on people giving out freebies. You say free cigs, from the look of some of them they get them free anyway! Funded by their benefits, puffing away giving second hand smoke to all the expectant mothers on the way in! Classy!....
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: What they should do is highlight the problem of smoking mums directly outside the maternity unit!!!!!!!!!! I took my 20 weeks pregnant wife for her 2nd scan and was appalled that 5 ready to pop women were puffing away right outside. I dont agree with smoking etc while pregnant but respect that if they choose to do that then thats their choice! but why smoke directly next to a sign indicating its a smoke free hospital...why not make them smoke in a secluded area around the corner??? this should be looked at not bloody freebies!!! rant over.[/p][/quote]Sorry forgot to add smoking next to a sign and making other smoke free mums suffer second hand smoke upon entry and exit!! its filthy and smelly[/p][/quote]Are they getting free cigs ? if not then why comment on this, you will find loads of articles about smoking at the Hospital.[/p][/quote]I commented as it's a current story. If you actually read what I said it was focusing on that they should concentrate more on the smelly smokers out the front than pick on people giving out freebies. You say free cigs, from the look of some of them they get them free anyway! Funded by their benefits, puffing away giving second hand smoke to all the expectant mothers on the way in! Classy!.... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree