Politician speaks on tongue-tie

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Catherine Atkinson, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Erewash, has called for end to baby tongue-tie treatment delays.

Responding to reports of delays to treatment for babies suffering from tongue-tie, which happens when the string of tissue under a baby’s tongue is too short, Catherine has called for politicians to make the issue a priority.

Catherine, whose own son was treated for the condition within the last month at Nottingham QMC, said: “The treatment my son received for his tongue-tie at QMC was swift and effective, but it isn’t the same for the whole country. The timely treatment of tongue-tie is important because new mums who want to breast feed their babies should be able to. “The Government has failed on this, and that’s why I’m calling on the next Labour Government to stamp out the postcode lottery that currently exists.”

Catherine wrote to shadow health minister Luciana Berger to thank her for uncovering the issue and to make it a priority.