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Letters Government’s misplaced prevention agenda

Health visitor numbers: silk purse or sow’s ear?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l599
  1. Chris Tiley, general practitioner
  1. Lander Medical Practice, Truro TR1 2JA, UK
  1. chris.tiley{at}

Hiam and Dorling critique the government’s new prevention plan.1 My colleagues and I have become concerned about difficulties accessing the support of health visitors.

A request under the Freedom of Information Act shows that in 2012 there were 76 full time equivalent health visitors in Cornwall, which rose to a peak of 117 in 2015, then fell by 29% to 83 in 2018. …

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