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Scotland: 500 new health visitor jobs by 2018

Health Secretary of Scotland, Alex Neil has announced a plan for a sustained investment in health visitors, creating an additional 500 posts by 2018.

The four-year investment, which will rise to £20 million in 2018, will provide educational support and investment into the existing health visitor workforce, as well as new health visitors - providing an addition 500 jobs.

Alex Neil labelled the investment plan into health visitors as “the first part of the work to fulfil our vision to revolutionise children's services.”

He went onto emphasise the importance of health visitors in the NHS.

He said: “As front-line NHS workers, working with people to reduce health problems from an early age, these new health visitors will play a key role in the Scottish government's efforts to reduce health inequalities.”

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell added: “Health visitors who support infants and their parents and carers in the earliest years of life play a key role in delivering a universal service to children and families and the Scottish government is committed to supporting them.”

Director of the Royal College of Nursing Scotland, Theressa Fyffe marked the move a “significant step in the right direction.”

Professional Officer for Unite CPHVA, Gavin Fergie pointed out that they had been “integral in the discussion leading to this announcement.”

She went onto say: “We look forward to being part of this exciting and interesting period of time for Health Visiting and working with the government on other areas of public health nursing development in Scotland.”