I am copy pasting from another list .
please alert all people that may be involved.
I had a letter asking me to take part in a Health survey for Wales. It
said that a survey company would be contacting me to arrange an
interviewee to come to my house and conduct a quick survey to discuss my
views of health services in Wales and to take note of the health of
Welsh residents. I am always happy to help others and was therefore
more than happy to speak to the lady who came round. HOWEVER.
The 'survey' involves a health visitor, who will not only ask me very
specific health details but will also weigh, measure and assess my
child's health. They said that if my child was not present at the time
of the interview they could come back at a later time.-They will attend
at the same time as the survey personnel and it could involve a medical
examination of my child - if deemed necessary for the purposes of the
This is a completely voluntary survey. However, it would appear that
several other home-educating families in the area have had the letter.
In a small village of about 76 residents there are about 3 home
educating families. Given that the survey literature quotes a 1 in a
100 random address survey, it seems spurious that all 3 families have
had the letter.
I would be interested to find out if any other home-educating families
have had the letter. I am afraid that my instinct is to decline to be
surveyed. My worry is that if I refuse it could indicate that I have
something to hide. If the purpose of the survey is to find out the
state of health of the Welsh population, surely this could be done from
doctor's files. I am afraid that I have a very uncomfortable feeling
about it all.
Do get in touch with others to alert them to this. The literature that
is sent out in the letter does not indicate anything about children
being weighed, measured and assessed and I think we should think very
carefully about allowing health professionals into our home