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Controversial school sickness advice leaflet withdrawn after Welsh Lib Dem pressure

December 2, 2014 2:11 PM

A controversial leaflet which appeared to advise parents to send their sick children to school and which caused outrage amongst parents in RCT has been withdrawn.

The advice leaflet said pupils should not miss lessons for illnesses such as glandular fever, tonsillitis or conjunctivitis.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Peter Black had pursued the matter at the Assembly and with external health bodies such as the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Wales and pressed for the leaflet to be withdrawn. He said he was pleased that common sense had prevailed.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said information in the booklet, which was published by the Central South Wales Consortium - a joint partnership between Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil county councils - was taken out of context.

RCT's Director of Education Chris Bradshaw is the lead Director of the consortium. In an email explaining the situation he wrote:

""As the Consortium did not have the consent of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to use their name in the leaflet, it has been agreed with the Royal College, to remove the leaflet from the Consortium website and the Royal College has offered to support the Consortium with future attendance campaigns."

Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager in RCT, Karen Roberts, a secondary school governor, said

"It is a disgrace that his leaflet was put out in the first place. Who on earth thought that it was acceptable? If parents could see the major flaws in in then surely someone in the consortium should have raised a few questions?

"They have wasted money and caused unnecessary anger amongst parents across the region. At the very least an apology and an explanation should be forthcoming."