An online charity for mothers has called on the government to provide health visitors for all families rather than just those considered at risk as is being proposed in the current review of health visiting roles.
In a meeting with junior health minister Lord Darzi, arranged as part of his NHS review, Netmums director Sally Russell said health visitors were invaluable to the wider community rather than just vulnerable families. She referred to a recent survey by the charity, which suggested over half of 5,000 mothers had experienced postnatal depression.
‘Postnatal depression affects more than the most vulnerable women,’ said Ms Russell. ‘We need to make sure health visitors are visiting all mothers.’