Government recruits more health visitors and nurses

An increase in the number of health visitors and family nurse partnerships has been announced by government.

Children’s secretary Ed Balls and health secretary Alan Johnson promise each children’s centre having access to a named health visitor and an expansion of the Family Nurse Partnerships programme to support first-time mothers from 30 to 70 sites by 2011, with a view to rolling it out across England over the next decade.

The ideas form part of a £340m push to support children with disabilities and their families. The strategy is called 'Healthy lives, brighter future: the strategy for children and young people’s health'.

Other ideas include the development and testing of a new antenatal programme and preparation for parenthood package for parents and free school meal pilots looking at the health and educational benefits of universal access.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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