Given BBC sympathies, one can hardly be surprised at the easy treatment afforded to Dr Gillian Leng from N.I.C.E. and her suggestion that it might be a good idea in some places to have midwives in schools. Oh, and of course we need more contraception to help bring those unwanted pregnancies.Maybe we should fit out a class-room or two with birthing equipment? I enjoyed the passing reference to the “lack” of antenatal facilities for what was called “non-English” speakers  without ANY exploration, naturally, of what lies beneath this seemingly innocuous comment.  You won’t have the BBC or quangos like N.I.C.E. allowing any debate on why the UK taxpayer should be funding antenatal facilities for immigrants?

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  1. Roland Deschain says:

    Perhaps they should also fit glory holes in the school toilets.


  2. Olly boy says:

    Been listening to Dame Nicki on 5 Live all morning going on about this.  
    I haven’t got the time to mention his comments, questions and the unescapable bias but it did make me laugh.


  3. john says:

    I’ve always been wary of organisations that award themselves an acronym, particularly clever bugger ones.
    Here we have NICE who suggest to me that the NHS is in such a state of disarray and near collapse that only they can step forward to save mankind from extinction.
    And where better to start but on the BBC suggesting midwives in all schools ?

    For as long as I can remember the BBC has been blinkered about the NHS, awarding it it’s highest honour  : it’s own programme
    Holby City.

    But now the BBC have gone into Lancet mode by giving NICE as much time and space as they need and without any tiresome

    Our own Head Consultant, DV, has told us to refrain from using profanities during BBC autopsies.
    So I will have to keep you in suspense as to what I believe the acronym the BBC uses is short for !


  4. Grant says:

    I think there should be facilities for the children to give birth in schools so that their studies are not interrupted. A bit like African women in the bush, or Asian women in the rice fields. It would re-inforce the image of the UK as a third world country which gives priority to education and child birth.


  5. Gosh says:

    Too true DV…fair dos….


  6. Guest Who says:

    One might have thought that midwives, being in short supply, might be better tasked elsewhere.

    If there is a need to have folk to advise on other aspects of the human process, maybe that can be left to those with a bit more time on their hands, or a clear interest in… and desire to share?


    As some in the BBC may say…


  7. Barry says:

    It shouldn’t be beyond the ability of someone at the BBC to investigate why teenage births in Germany and France are, respectively, one half and one third of ours. This is in spite of the turmoil that both countries went through 70 years ago.

    The BBC knows full well, of course, that good education systems and traditional families may have something to do with it.


    • Llew says:

      Too soon. They know they won’t be able to blame the Tories/coalition for it yet. Give them about a year from the last election, or maybe 12 months before the next election – then you can be sure the BBC will be comparing us against France/Germany and any other country if differences in rates can be used to attack the Government for failure.


  8. Asuka Langley Soryu says:

    If it does anything to combat things like this, then I’m all for it. Or maybe a representative from HM Treasury to state in no uncertain terms that the state won’t pay you to have kids.


  9. john in cheshire says:

    NICE and the silly sod who was fronting them yesterday should keep their noses out of things that don’t concern them. This is socialist mission creep once again, and in an organisation which seems determined to be the arbiter of who lives and who dies.