DoH urged to boost health visitors in tandem with midwives

Union leaders have called on the DoH to invest in boosting health visitor numbers after health secretary Alan Johnson announced plans for £3,000 'golden hellos' to entice 4,000 former midwives to return to work.

Unite/CPHVA said boosting the health visitor workforce was ‘the next logical step'.

If midwife numbers are to be increased because of the rising birth rate, health visitors also need to be reinforced because they are the next link in the chain of childhood development, the union said. 

Unite head of health Kevin Coyne said: ‘The government has recognised the need for more midwives - which is very welcome news - but ministers now need to concentrate on the next logical step which is the employment of many more health visitors.'

Read our editors' blog post DoH shamed into recruiting 4,000 extra midwives.

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