Child charity calls for more health visitors to see babies - The Evesham Observer

Child charity calls for more health visitors to see babies

Evesham Editorial 19th Feb, 2023   0

NSPCC chiefs have called for greater investment in health visiting as first visits to new-born babies in the West Midlands are increasingly delayed.

Nearly 100,000 new-born babies did not receive their first health visit within the recommended 14 first days last year, according to new NSPCC analysis of data from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID).

Between 2021 and 2022, only 83 per cent of families received their first health visit within 14 days.

This is down from the previous year, when 88 per cent received them within the first two weeks.

In the West Midlands, this figure was 84 per cent compared to 90 per cent in the previous year.

As the healthcare system continues to be impacted by staff shortages and a lack of adequate funding, the NSPCC is calling on the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver on their promise and supply a refreshed Healthy Child Programme.

Jack O’Neill, senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the NSPCC said: “It is vital families receive that crucial first health visit as soon as possible after a child is born to ensure parents and the new baby are living in a safe and healthy environment. “All families across the country should expect a consistency of care and not be subjected to a postcode lottery.”


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