Dad's shock over NHS rubber penis
Published 24/03/2009 | 16:09
An embarrassed father said today he was shocked when his teenage daughter returned home from a sexual health workshop with a six-inch rubber penis.
Kevin Neal, 46, father of teenage mother Kizzy, who previously hit headlines when she fell pregnant at the age of 13, said he was "bemused" by the NHS trust's decision to dish out the spongy penises.
Miss Neal was one of a group of young mothers who volunteered to attend a workshop given by the Chlamydia screening service at the specialist home she lives in with her 22-month-old son.
Mr Neal, from Paignton, in Devon, told the Herald Express: "I am not prudish, and we more than most families fully appreciate the value of tackling these issues head on.
"But it amuses and bemuses me to think that a group of healthcare professionals have spent time and come up with a presentation designed to target teenage girls that would include a replica rubber penis to be given away as a free gift.
"We consider this to be a misappropriation of taxpayers' money and extremely offensive.
"With the advent of free flip-flops for drunks and rubber willies for schoolgirls, you've to ask the question has Mr Roy Chubby Brown been employed as a major decision maker?"
A spokesman for Torbay Care Trust said the product was deliberately designed to be eye-catching.
He added they were not being given out in schools, but only to people who voluntarily attended the workshops.