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Unite call on government to help health visiting crisis

The health union Unite want to meet with the Minister of State Beverley Hughes to discuss the health visiting crisis in Waltham Forest.

Unite want the minister in charge of the Department for Children, Schools and Families, to hear first hand about what is happening in the borough, and how this adversely impacts on children, families and communities.

Unite Professional Officer Dave Munday said: "We are building on the minister's interest to further press the case for more health visitors and school nurses in Waltham Forest.

"It is very welcome that a busy minister has taken such a positive interest in the future of community nursing in an individual London borough which has pockets of high deprivation."

Unite has also written to head teachers in the area in the borough alerting them of the crisis facing school nursing.

It is hoped that a Unite official will meet with schools in the area to brief them on the situation.