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1 November 2000

CARDIFF CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF COMMUNITY NURSING

The future of public health nursing in Wales - the present situation has been described as "dire" - will be discussed at a conference, organised by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association - in Cardiff tomorrow (Thursday, 2 November).

The Back to the Future conference will be held at the The Park Thistle Hotel, Cardiff will highlight the future of health visiting and school nursing in the wake of the Review of Health Visiting and School Health commissioned by the Welsh Assembly.

The CPHVA's Professional Officer for Wales, Ann Owen said: "The conference will look at the future of community nursing in Wales and chart the way forward so we can work with the Assembly and the NHS to give people the community nursing service they deserve."

"At present, the situation is dire. Many areas don't have the required numbers of health visitors and school nurses in post. And while there has been an increase training places, it is not enough to make up for a decade of neglect."

Among the speakers will be Professor Dame June Clark, School of Health Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea who was the author of the Assembly-commissioned review. The delegates will also discuss European public health initiatives.

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NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Ann Owen Tel: 0468 93 12 97

Shaun Noble, Press Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

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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