Newly-released figures indicate the government are likely to miss their target to deliver 4,200 more health visitors.
With just eight months to go until the government-set deadline, only 55.5% of the 4,200 target has been reached since the recruitment drive began in 2010. Only 163 new heath visitors have been recruited in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the same period- leaving the government 43% off its target for the East Midlands with just months remaining.
Health visitors support people in their homes, especially new parents, to ensure children get the best possible start in life.
Commenting on the figures, which were obtained through Freedom of Information by Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children Lucy Powell, Nick Palmer, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Broxtowe, said: “David Cameron is in danger of breaking his promise to new mums and dads.
“Health visitors play a vital role, working with children’s centres to identify any problems early and offering families and children the support they need in the early weeks and months of life. However, David Cameron has not prioritised early intervention - there are 628 fewer designated Sure Start centres than in May 2010 despite his promises to back Sure Start.”
Mr Palmer added: “This is another broken promise from David Cameron at a time when there are more children being born and families are struggling to cope.”