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GPs fight health visitor relocation

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GPs have spoken out against plans to remove Glasgow health visitors from surgeries and align them with social services.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board is going ahead with the plans ‘despite concerns from GPs, nurses and patients’, the doctors say. They are petitioning the Scottish Government over the issue.

‘Removing health visitors from the practice removes much of the opportunity for them to engage with their patients and fractures the close relationship with GPs,’ said Dr Dean Marshall, chairperson of the British Medical Associations Scottish general practitioners committee.

‘Co-locating health visitors and social work is often advocated as a way of addressing some of the communication problems that exist on issues of child protection but there is no evidence that this will improve services,’ he added.

A wider review of community nursing in Scotland is currently under way.

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