The BSNA welcomes the New NHS Information Service for Parents May 2012

Commenting on the news that the Government has launched a new NHS Information Service for Parents, Roger Clarke, Director General of the British Specialist Nutrition Association said:

“BSNA welcomes the launch of the NHS Information Service which marks a step forward in the provision of advice for parents on many aspects of care for infants and young children. There is a clear need – every day, parents and carers contact our member companies through their carelines, and websites looking for up to date information on a wide range of topics related to looking after their babies, including infant nutrition.

“We are certain that the DH will ensure that information provided via the new service will provide information which is balanced, comprehensive, accessible and objective. There is a range of factors that influence how new parents choose to provide the most appropriate nutrition for their children and so it is essential that official advice covers best practice however this is achieved. 

Our members have spent decades undertaking research and gaining practical experience of supporting and understanding the needs of parents, carers and healthcare professionals to help them make informed choices about the best nutrition for babies and toddlers.  We believe this initiative by the Government will be welcomed not only by infant feeding companies, but also by parents, carers and health care professionals alike.

Further information

On Friday 18th May the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new NHS Information Service for Parents .

It provides new parents with advice on staying healthy in pregnancy, preparing for birth and looking after their baby.  Parents will receive regular emails and text messages with NHS approved advice as their pregnancy develops and as their child grows.

To find our more or to sign up to the service, parents should visit www.nhs.uk/parents