Letters - We need health visitors to stay in primary care

No one would disagree with the need for more social workers to help patients in the most vulnerable categories.

And what easier way to find staff than to steal someone else's?

Social services should be providing that support rather than poaching health visitors to plug the gaps.

Health visitors are highly trained individuals with multiple qualifications. They are not social work assistants, and to force them to move to social work is wrong.

Taking health visitors out of well-established health teams and attaching them to social work teams leaves a gap for everyone else.

It is often the families and children who don't have big red 'at risk' rubber stamps on their foreheads who give cause for concern. Vulnerability crosses all classes.

And frequently simple problems alert us to bigger issues which we can manage if caught early enough.

The review of health visiting is nothing more than a cost-cutting exercise driven by social services in response to criticism following a number of well publicised occasions where children were not protected and some died.

Hundreds of GPs across Glasgow are petitioning their politicians for support and have called on the board to stop the review, because it puts children and families at risk.

Over 400 GPs have signed up, yet still the health board perseveres in imposing its review, without research basis.

Dr Georgina L Brown, North Glasgow LMC representative.

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