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NHS still losing health visitors, says union Unite

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The NHS is still losing health visitors at an alarming rate, according to the union Unite.

Responding to NHS workforce statistics, Unite has calculated the NHS loses a health visitor job every 30 hours.

Although the rate last year was faster, one every 27 hours, Unite says more must be done to reverse the trend.

Workforce statistics show 292 full-time health visitor jobs have been lost since last year, and that 40% of health visitors are aged over 50.

Unite national officer for health, Karen Reay, said: ‘This is the final wake-up call for the government to tackle the health visiting crisis. The rate that health visitor jobs are disappearing has slowed slightly – but the trend is still downwards.’

‘In the light of the recent Lord Laming review, the public is demanding a coherent child protection strategy where health visitors play a central role in conjunction with other agencies.’

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