Scottish MPs debate removing health visitors from practices

Low morale and workforce shortages are the results of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's approach to implementing a new model for health visiting with no consultation with the staff concerned, according to RCN Scotland.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Last year GPs delivered over 5,000 letters from patients to the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde objecting to health visitors being removed from GP practices.

The Scottish parliament’s public petitions committee will today discuss the health board’s response.

Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland, said: ‘Whilst there is no doubt that a new approach needs to be taken to community nursing roles, it would be disastrous for nurses and for the communities that they serve, if health boards implement different models.

‘That is why RCN Scotland has developed a new approach for a sustainable future for community nursing which sets out a national structure, but also allows local flexibility, which we would like the government to develop in partnership with trade unions and with the NHS.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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