Health Visitor concern

Sunday April 3rd 2016

Bernard Harkins Labour

Scottish Labour candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Bernard Harkins said that he is concerned about reports that Midlothian has only half the required number of health visitors.

Bernard said that in recent weeks there have been reports that Midlothian has only half its required number of health visitors.
He said that the impact of this is highlighted by an issue raised by a constituent.

He was recently approached by a family who advised that they had to carry out the 27-30 month check for their child over the phone.

The constituent, who did not wish to be named, said:

“I am worried that parents may not know what they should be looking for and might not recognise potential problems with speech, motor skills or weight.”

Bernard Harkins who is the Scottish Labour Candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh said:

“It is vital that issues relating to language are picked up at an early age because any problems are harder to treat if they are left until school.

This is an issue that parents must be concerned about and one that NHS Lothian must address with urgency.”

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