But yeah, let’s all sneer at the anti-vaxxers, eh?
Although screening is strongly recommended, parents can decline. Tony believes he knows the real reason the midwife was so insistent on getting the test done: targets.
‘We were told by friends that midwives have targets to get the heel prick test done,’ Tony says.
‘There’s immense pressure on midwives, but there’s also the culture that you will just do as you’re told. We naturally question everything.’
The very idea that anyone would question the NHS is so strange and abhorrent to the people that work in it that there can only be one possible cause…
They said, “We think your partner may be refusing care in some way because it’s usually your partner who speaks.
‘ ‘‘Are you allowed to speak, are you in any form of danger? Is your partner violent towards you?” ’
In some parts of Haringey & Tower Hamlets, I bet there are doctors who have never heard a wife speak. Do they get this treatment, I wonder?
And isn’t it amazing how much time & resource was spent chasing this couple? It throws some other stories into stark relief…
The following day, the distraught couple, who had been planning to eventually retire to Poland, wrote a list of pros and cons of moving there or staying in Britain.
‘The biggest con of staying in Britain was potentially having our son taken from us or dealing with the NHS on a continual basis,’ Tony says. ‘That tipped the balance.’
The decision made, they put their home up for rent and left for Poland two weeks later.
Truly, it’s the wonder of the world, right?