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2 April 2001

CPHVA welcomes MSF/AEEU merger vote

The overwhelming vote by the memberships of MSF and the AEEU to create a new mega-union has been welcomed as "a really positive opportunity" for healthcare professionals by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association today (Monday, 2 April).

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the MSF union, representing 18,000 health visitors and community nurses. The CPHVA director Jackie Carnell said: ‘In the new union, there will be a strengthened health sector with additional resources for providing labour relations and professional services for the membership.’

‘In a world of increasing globalisation, it makes sense that organisations representing working people merge to create a stronger voice to speak on their behalf.’

‘The NHS is going through a period of rapid transition and our members will need a powerful body to promote their interests and those of the client groups they serve on a daily basis.’

MSF has 65,000 members working in the NHS and the AEEU 15,000. The two unions will operate in tandem until 2003 when they will become a fully integrated organisation.



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The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.