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Labour announces intention to boost health visitor numbers.

Labour has announced that it will seek to recruit additional health visitors if it wins the next general election.

Speaking at the annual Unite and Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association conference in Bournemouth, Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth said analysis conducted by Labour has found that, the total number of health visitors in England fell from 8,588 health visitors to 7,912 in the 12 months from June 2017 to June 2018 which is down from a peak of 10,309 in October 2015.

Ashworth highlighted a recent survey that found more than one in five health visitors are working with caseloads of more than 500 children giving evidence that practitioners are under "intense pressure" with "potentially serious consequences".

He said "I'm committed to giving every child the best possible start in life and central to our strategy will be delivering more health visitors in every community, ending the stark inequalities that continue to blight our children's future,"