England & Wales: reverse cuts to stop HV numbers decline, urges LGA

09 May 2019

The government must reverse cuts to council’s public health budgets or falling health visitor numbers will leave families vulnerable, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.


The body, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, says there has been a fall of 20% in full-time equivalent HVs in the NHS since 2015 – from 10,000 to 8000.

Councils have also seen a £531m reduction to their public health budgets between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

The LGA is calling on the government to reverse these cuts in the upcoming spending review. 

Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA community wellbeing board, said: ‘We now face a serious shortfall in the number of health visitors, which has to be filled if we are to continue to meet the needs of families in each of our communities.’

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