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27 November 2001

CPHVA Welcomes ‘No Congestion Charges for Health Workers’

The announcement that health staff who use their cars for essential NHS duties won’t be out of pocket when congestion charges are introduced in London was warmly welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association today (Tuesday, 27 November).

The CPHVA’s director Jackie Carnell said: ‘The announcement that health staff, who carry confidential patient records, such as our members, won’t pay congestion charges is a victory for the campaign we have waged to point out the horrendous cost that vital NHS staff would bear if they were subject to these charges.’

‘We are glad that Transport for London and the Mayor Ken Livingstone have listened to our representations. Obviously, we will be studying the proposals in detail, but, on the face of it, it looks very good news for health staff in the capital.’

The CPHVA, and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA), both part of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union (MSF), are members of the Alliance for Health Professionals, representing health visitors, district nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and radiographers. The alliance was worried that services to patients and clients could be hit if its members have to pay £25-a-week in congestion charges out of their own pocket.


Note to News Editors

For further information, please contact:

Colin Adkins, MSF/CPHVA Research Officer - 020 7505 3167

Shaun Noble , Communications Officer, CPHVA - 020 7939 7043 or mobile - 07768 69 39 40

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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.