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5 March 2001

Community Nurses to meet Health and Social Services Minister to discuss NHS Plan for Wales

Community nurses are due to meet Jane Hutt, the Assembly’s Health and Social Services Minister tomorrow (Tuesday, 6 March) to discuss the implications of the NHS Plan for Wales for community services.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Wales, Ann Owen said: "Jane Hutt has always been sympathetic to the services provided by community nurses and public health is high on her agenda. We welcome this chance to put forward our views on the NHS Plan for Wales."

Jane Hutt will meet the health visitors and community nurses at The School of Health Sciences, Swansea University on Tuesday, 6 March.

The CPHVA would like to see the assembly improve the quality of data it has on the figures relating to the recruitment and retention of health visitors and community nurses in Wales. It would also like to see the training for health visitors increased from 32 weeks to 51 weeks.

The plan, Improving Health in Wales: a plan for the NHS with its partners, advocates abolishing health authorities and strengthening the role of local health groups (LHGs). The CPHVA is concerned that effective strategic planning in key areas such as public health and child protection will fall between two stools.

Ann Owen said: "The meeting will provide the opportunity for community nurses to explain to the minister how they have the potential to fulfill the government’s public health agenda for all the communities of Wales."

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Ann Owen 07768 931297 (mobile)

Shaun Noble Press Officer 020 7939 7043

mobile 07768 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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