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21 July 2000

HEALTH VISITORS SURVEYED ON CAR CAMPAIGN

A total of 500 health visitors have been sent in-depth surveys on the use of their cars for NHS business as the latest step in the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Deals on Wheels campaign.

The results of the survey will provide the necessary information, so that the CPHVA can press its case with ministers for a new national agreement covering mileage rates, lease car arrangements, a review of taxation on cars and free parking badges when visiting clients.

The Director of the CPHVA, Jackie Carnell said: "The issue of health visitors and community nurses and their cars is of prime importance to our members. Our members need to run their cars so that they can visit their clients - it is an essential tool of the job."

"The results of the survey will give us the ammunition we need to press the case for a new agreement to cover health professionals using their vehicles on NHS business."

The surveys have to be returned by 4 August and the detailed analysis of the results should be ready by the end of the month.

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Shaun Noble Press Officer ( (020) 7939 7043 mobile 0468 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: www.msfcphva.org

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.

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