Board urged to ditch health visitor plan

Nearly 1,000 people have signed petitions calling for the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board to ditch plans to remove health visitors from general practice.

The board plans to make health visitors part of social work teams. But doctors complain that no other area of Scotland is pursuing similar plans, and say it will result in worse care.

Now GPs are petitioning the Scottish parliament to demand that they are properly consulted on the change. At time of writing, 950 people have signed the two online petitions.

‘GPs were excluded from the Review Process,’ said Dr Georgina Brown, of Glasgow LMC. ‘No regard was taken of the views of service users, clinicians or the substantial existing body of research evidence.’

More than 400 GPs have contacted the board directly to protest, she added.

The GPs hope the petitions will force the health board to think again. They aim to garner over 10,000 signatures by the time the petitions close in late September.

You can sign up here: Scottish Parliament petitions

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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