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Changes to health visiting service will put kids at risk

Health visitors must stay in pratice base teams to maintain high quality care

OnMedica Staff

Friday, 12 June 2009

Children will be put at risk by a reorganisation of health visitor services, GPs have warned.

Speaking at the Annual GPs' conference being held in London today, Dr Michael Haughney, a GP in Newton Mearns, said it was essential that health visitors remain in practice based teams.

"We are concerned that patient care is being compromised. Health visitors are key members of the practice team who provide vital care, particularly for mothers with young babies. There is a real danger that this high quality care will be lost if they are removed from our practices," he said.

The motion put to The Annual Conference of Representatives of Local Medical Committees, stated the following: "That conference deplores the demise of primary care teams, that conference believes the safeguarding of children has been put at risk by the reorganisation of health visitor services from practice based to area based teams, that conference demands a move back to primary care teams, and that it believes primary care teams should include at least community nurses, health visitors, and community psychiatric nurses."

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