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Concerns over future of health visiting

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UNION officials are calling for an urgent meeting with health secretary Alan Johnson over concerns about the future of the health visiting profession.
Unite/CPHVA is concerned that the third part of the NMC register could be abolished and is seeking reassurances that regulatory changes will not in effect abolish the legal status of health visitors.

Acting Lead Professional Officer, Cheryll Adams said: ‘Without the legal status of health visiting being protected, the door will be opened further for other less-qualified staff to take on these responsibilities. Since it was taken out of statute we have already seen a dramatic fall in health visitor numbers.’

‘This could mean that even more mothers with postnatal depression won’t receive the support they deserve, families won’t be helped through periods of crises and more children could become victims of family dysfunction.’

• See next week’s Nursing Times, on sale on Tuesday 25 March, for more details about this story.
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