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10 OCTOBER 2000

CPHVA SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES TO
REDUCE TEENAGE PREGNANCY RATES

The Government's proposals to cut teenage pregnancies amongst young people by a comprehensive sex education programme has been welcomed by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

The CPHVA's Director, Jackie Carnell said: "The campaign has been based on detailed research which is linked into the advertising campaign. We welcome all the Government's efforts in this field as teenage pregnancy remains a major area of concern throughout UK."

"However, the CPHVA remains strongly committed to seeing an increase in the number of school nurses so that every young person has access to the appropriate services."

CPHVA Professional Officer for School Nursing and Public Health, Pat Jackson said: "The campaign will include measures to raise self-esteem among young people to make informed choices and this is to be welcomed."

The CPHVA is due to launch a new blueprint for school nursing this week that calls on the government to increase the number of school nurses by 20%, from the present 2,500.

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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.


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