Thousands of patients object to health visitor removal plan

GPs delivered 5,536 letters from patients to the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde objecting to health visitors being removed from GP practices.

Patients, GPs and practice staff are concerned that patient care could be compromised unless planned changes to remove health visitors from practices are stopped. Health visitors are being moved from local practices to work alongside social work teams.

Dr Euan Paterson, a Glasgow GP who helped organise the campaign, said: ‘If health visitors are no longer practice based, patient care could be compromised. The board did not consult practices and patients properly on their planned changes but we believe that their voices should be heard and that the board must recognise their concerns.’

GPs in Greater Glasgow and Clyde have also launched petitions in the Scottish Parliament and have so far collected 21,000 signatures.

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