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GPs oppose health visitor plans

Doctors in Scotland have lodged a petition with the Scottish parliament objecting to plans by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to remove health visitors from practices. A deal has been agreed to halt the move, but doctors have warned the fight is not over.

Govan GP Euan Paterson said: "There's been hard negotiation over this from general practitioners and patients. If they were to remove the health visitors, as they suggested, we feel there would be grave consequences."

The petition, which was signed by 21,916 people in practices across Glasgow, was sparked by plans to relocate the posts to social work services, which the health board said will give highly skilled health visitors more time with the children and parents who need them most.

GPs mounted their campaign with claims the shake-up will compromise patient safety and break up a "tried and tested model".

Frank McAveety, convener of the Parliament's public petitions committee, met doctors at Holyrood.

He said: "It will be given serious consideration. We want to make sure that whatever decisions are made are the right ones."

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