One health visitor job lost every day

The latest NHS workforce statistics just released show a 4.5 per cent drop in the number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) health visitors in the year to September 2006 - a 13-year low.

One health visitor job lost every day, according to figures
One health visitor job lost every day, according to figures

Amicus calculates this means more than half a million visits by health visitors to families, many of them in the 'vulnerable' category, are not happening because of cuts by primary care trusts (PCTs).

Amicus health sector lead professional officer, Dr Cheryll Adams said: 'This is an appalling situation - and getting worse - and is completely at odds with the government's public health and family agendas.'

'We calculate that if most health visitors do around 30 visits-a-week, this means that over the last year there were 500,000 fewer visits by health visitors. This is particularly regrettable considering the good evidence base for the value of home visits.'

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