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2 August 2000

NO NAME, NO LOGIC, SAYS CPHVA

There appears to be no logic is dropping the name of 'Health Visiting' from the proposed new regulatory body for the nursing professions, the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association said today (Wednesday, 2 August).

While welcoming the tone and content of the document and the continued separate registration of health visitors and their representation on the new Nursing and Midwifery Council, the CPHVA's Director, Jackie Carnell could see "no logic" in dropping health visiting from the title.

She said: "The consultation document says that health visitors will continue to have separate registration and representation on the new Council. We have no problem with the thrust of the new regulatory framework which will be more responsive to changing needs and increased public expectations - however, names are symbolic."

"And health visitors themselves might take this as a diminution of the importance that this government places on the contribution of health visitors to its family focused public health agenda."

The new body will replace the UKCC for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting with its 640,00 registered entries.

Ms Carnell was pleased that there was a three-month consultation period, but pointed out that, with August as the peak holiday period, the time for consultation was effectively reduced to two months.

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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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