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27 September, 2000

HEALTH VISITORS COULD BE "SACRIFICED", WARNS
CPHVA ANNUAL REPORT

Health visitors and school nurses could out "lose out" under the NHS Plan if the distinct role of the community practitioner is not recognised, says the annual report of the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors Association published today (Wednesday, 27 September).

The CPHVA also warns that the public would not benefit if the job of the community practitioner was "sacrificed on the altar of reducing the workloads of GPs".

The CPHVA's Director Jackie Carnell and Chair Denise Campbell, writing in the report, say that "in the great race for modernisation, those health professionals working in the community could lose out".

"The CPHVA will continue to campaign strongly to ensure that throughout the modernisation process - up to 2005 - the role of the community practitioner is firmly secured.

"And that the distinct role is recognised and the public understands that it would lose out if that role were changed simply as a knee-jerk response to GPs delegating a greater number of tasks to our members."

The report welcomes "the broad sweep" of the Plan, but warns against health visitors becoming "an invisible army".

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NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information and/or a copy of the annual report, please contact

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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