New Zealand’s leading cot death expert will urge Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to fund safe sleep bassinets in a private meeting today.
Professor Ed Mitchell – world-renowned infant death researcher of the University of Auckland – will meet the minister behind closed doors to request $1.5 million to roll out pepi-pods to at-risk families across the country.
The meeting comes on the heels of a Herald investigation that found the Ministry of Health has secretly restricted the reach of pepi-pods – which allow mothers to safely sleep with their babies – because of safety fears that were never discussed with experts – the agencies distributing the bassinets or the coroners who recommended them.
New Zealand has the worst rate of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in the industrialised world – largely because of the high rate of Maori infant deaths – attributed to high smoking rates and the cultural custom of bed-sharing.
(ed:..this is another of those ones that has you grinding your forehead into the keyboard..
our health minister – a doctor (!) – refuses to spend $1.5 million to prevent a large number of (largely maori) infant deaths..
despite all the evidence on the efficacies of pepi-pods – despite the experts in this area also weighing in to urge the minister to move..
coleman sits there doing lizard sitting in sun impersonations and ignoring the evidence/pleas to save lives..
..and like the equally cynical/black-hearted peter dunne with cannabis –
..coleman demands nz reinvent the wheel – and do tests’ to prove this international evidence (for our/his simple/provincial minds..)
..and whereas dunne just has cancer-sufferers needlessly suffering even more on his conscience – coleman has deaths – deaths of young new zealanders..
..and whereas the stance of dunne/key/english on pot costs the country $500 million each/every year on prohibition-enforcement/foregone tax revenue..
..saving these young lives will only cost the taxpayers $1.5 million a year..(!)..
(could i now direct yr forehead towards yr keyboard..?..)