Union warning on health visitors

The Scottish government needs to boost the number of health visitors by 20 per cent, Scotland’s largest union has urged.

Unite, along with other community nursing organisations, said that the Children and Young People (Scotland) bill, recently brought forward by the Scottish Government, does not go far enough to address concerns about the sustainability of the local health visiting workforce.

They say the first step should be to enshrine Scotland’s commitment to it in law.

Unite professional officer for Scotland, Gavin Fergie said: “Unite fully supports this initiative to increase the legislative support for health visitors in Scotland.

“Unite calls on the Scottish Government to place health visiting at the centre of its universal health provision.”