MP calls for investigation into health visitor numbers

MPs are being urged to back a House of Commons early day motion calling for an 'immediate investigation into health visitor staffing levels in London'.

Karen Reay: health visitors are essential when supporting families and their health needs

The motion, which has been sponsored by Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell, follows research by Unite/CPHVA which showed the extent of the health visiting crisis in the capital.

According to the union, crisis hotspots include Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham, Richmond, Lambeth, Havering, Barnet, Enfield, Leyton and Leytonstone and Waltham Forest.

Unite has said that an extra 8,000 health visitors need to be employed nationally to carry out the government's ‘family friendly' agenda.

Unite national officer for health, Karen Reay said: ‘John Donnell's EDM is very welcome and adds to the growing realisation that health visitors are essential when supporting families and their health needs. They also play a vital role in child protection and ensuring that there are no more tragic Baby P cases.'  

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