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8 November 2000
WELSH ASSEMBLY MEMBERS SUPPORT HEALTH VISITORS'
Cross-party support in the Welsh Assembly highlighting the plight of health visitors and community nurses when they use their cars on NHS business has been welcomed by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.
The CPHVA's Deals on Wheels campaign has focused the spotlight on the fact that each community nurse in Wales is subsidising the NHS to the tune of about £700-a-year when using their cars to visit clients.
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon & Radnorshire, has put down a Statement of Opinion which has attracted support from Labour and Liberal Democrat AMs.
The Statement of Opinion said: "The National Assembly calls for all health visitors and community practitioners in Wales to be fully compensated for the use of their own cars in the course of their jobs in line with the Deals on Wheels campaign."
The CPHVA wants a 40% increase in mileage rates; free car parking badges for community nurses visiting clients; a review of lease car arrangements; and a review of taxation on cars to end the myth that an NHS car is 'a perk'.
Ann Owen, the CPHVA's Professional Officer for Wales said: "We greatly value this support from Kirsty Williams and would urge AMs from all parties to support the Statement of Opinion."
"At present, we estimate the average community nurse is subsiding the NHS to the tune of £700-a-year. Because of the poor road system, compared with other parts of the UK, it could be much more than that in Wales."
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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.