The union Unite, which represents health visitors, has welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to drop plans to create a generic community nurse role.
Ministers last week announced they would be abandoning the plans to merge health visiting, school nursing and district nursing, into one generic community nursing role. The idea was first mooted in 2006 and was being piloted in four regions.
Nursing unions had heavily criticised the proposals to on the grounds that it would cause confusion to the public and dilute specialist knowledge.
Unite’s Professional Officer in Scotland, Gavin Fergie, said: ‘This is the successful result of a three-year battle to keep the community nurse professions distinct, which we believe is the best option to deliver quality services to the families and communities of Scotland.’
‘The existing pilots will be wound down with a new board charged with leading the direction of community nursing professions in Scotland to be set up by August. Unite will have a place on this new board,’ he added.