The health visiting service in Peterborough, which is tackling the health issues of a rapidly growing and diverse population, is facing "disaster", says Unite.
Unite, the largest union in the UK, has written to the Chief Executive of Peterborough Primary Care Trust (PCT) Angela Bailey warning her of the impending crisis, as the trust gears up to make further swingeing cuts to the service.
Karen Reay, Unite National Officer for Health said: "The service is heading towards disaster as managers are failing to meet the public health challenges of a growing, multicultural city. Health visiting is being 'salami sliced', at the very time that government ministers are saying how valuable health visitors and the role they play are.
"Unite is calling for further talks with the PCT before the service is gridlocked by the ever-competing pressures on its diminishing resources."
Unite, which embraces the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA), has outlined 11 key areas where health visitors are buckling under the strain. They include:
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"Government health ministers are quoted as saying how valuable health visitors and the role they play are. Can anyone tell me why if we are so valuable that they can change a health visiting post into staff nurse hours? Seems to me that they think anyone can do a health visitors job. Health visitors beware, this could be the end of the line for us." - Marie Garrity, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
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