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7 September, 2000

'£4 A GALLON' MAKES NHS CAR DEAL FOR COMMUNITY NURSES 'A MUST', SAYS CPHVA

The 'grim inevitability' of the £4 a gallon makes it imperative that a new car deal for NHS community nurses is reached before Christmas, the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association said today (Thursday, 7 September).

Community nurses who rely on cars to do their work have called again for urgent action to stop them subsidising the NHS to the tune of an average of £700-a-year per nurse.

The CPHVA and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, who have mounted the popular Deals on Wheels campaign, have jointly called for urgent talks with NHS employers to reach agreement on a range of outstanding issues, which have been in the pipeline for years.

Roger Kline, Head of Labour Relations (CPHVA) and Head of Health for MSF said today:

"There still appears no sense of urgency at the NHS Executive on these issues. Petrol prices are forecast to rise again over the coming weeks, yet we appear to be no nearer a comprehensive settlement on mileage rates, lease car arrangements, and issues such as parking and compensation for cars damaged on NHS business.

"The interim agreement reached for a 4p-a-mile increase a month ago is quite unsatisfactory except as an emergency stop gap and fails to address the fact that many of our members are losing hundreds of pounds a year."

"There is a grim inevitability of the £4 a gallon which makes it 'a must' that these injustices must be settled by Christmas."

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

An interim agreement on mileage rates was reached on July 17th. MSF/CPHVA has not been notified of any follow up meeting or further draft agreement, which was promised at the time.

For further information, please contact:

Roger Kline Tel: 0468 69 39 34 (mobile)
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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