Hospitals paid for new mum info packs

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HOSPITAL trusts are being paid thousands of pounds by a company that gives new mums commercial information.

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that Portsmouth NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra in Cosham was paid £16,943, and received £2.80 for any photograph ordered by new parents.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, received £12,298 from baby company Bounty. The trust made £1.40 from any photograph ordered.

It comes as hospital trusts are allowing representatives from companies like Bounty in to the wards.

Carole Garrick, head of midwifery at Western Sussex Hospitals, said this had not caused any problems.

‘Bounty packs contain important information for new mums and our midwives are closely involved in what is included in them,’ she said.

‘Women tell us they find the packs very useful and the only complaints we receive are from mums who haven’t received one.’