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30 April 2001

Unions Win Battle for Free Parking for Community Nurses

MSF, Community Health Visitors and Psychiatric Nurses have won a major victory in their campaign to achieve the same parking rights for community health workers that GPs currently enjoy. Malcolm Chisolm MSP, Deputy Health Minister, promised full support from the Scottish Executive during a members debate last Thursday (26th April). He went further and pledged the Executive would write to all Scottish Local Authorities, Health Boards and NHS Trusts to make sure that Health Workers no longer have waste time and money hunting for parking spaces while delivering care in the community.

The Community Health Visitors and Practitioners (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) have run a year long campaign to end parking restriction which increase waiting times for patients and to change NHS car leasing agreements which see many community NHS staff subsidising the NHS by up to £700 per year. Under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 Local Authorities have to provide exemption permits. Successful schemes have recently been set up in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Thursday’s debate, which was moved by Glasgow Lib Dem List MSP, Robert Brown, saw unprecedented cross party support. Several Labour MSPs including Dr. Richard Simpson and Mike Watson spoke to the motion, as did Nicola Sturgeon from the SNP and Mary Scanlon on behalf of the Tories.

John McLaren, Scottish Director of Deals on Wheels Campaign, said:

This is a great victory for our campaign and it shows just how devolution is working. We are now putting Ken Livingston under pressure to run a pilot scheme in London and we are using our experience of the political process in Scotland to run similar campaigns in Wales and Northern Ireland.

John Wall, MSF National Secretary for Scotland, said:

MSF is the premier union for NHS scientific and community staff. The whole focus of the NHS is about finding new and innovative ways to care. Car usage is at the forefront of many imaginative ways to get primary and preventative care into Scotland’s communities. By joining our campaign the Scottish Executive has demonstrated its commitment to delivering health to all Scots.

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For information contact Lee Whitehill 07768 693950

Editors Notes: CPHVA and CPNA are autonomous sections with MSF. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 17,500 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern


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