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Using general nurses to fill health visitor gaps puts children at risk

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I am a health visitor and I agree with the above. The service we give now is a shadow of what it used to be. More abuse will go unrecognised due to the paucity of contacts, more children will arrive at school with developmental problems. Agenda for Change was demotion for health visitors. The provider / commissioner split as seen us spend hours working on service level agreements where all that is required is 'what is the minimum contact'. Due to the loss of Trust properties with the provider commissioner split some health visitors are without a proper base, or without a clinic room or health education room. Health Visiting has been treated appallingly by the government and by the PCTs, this shortsightedness can only be described as ignorance.

Posted date

4 February, 2010

Posted time

12:53 pm

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