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8 March 2001

 

Health Visitors Call for Free On-Call Parking

"We demand the same rights as GPs" say CPHVA

Health visitors and community nurses will meet Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in Edinburgh today (Thursday, 8 March) to demand free parking for NHS staff visiting patients at home.

The call comes as part of a campaign to end a NHS anomaly which sees community nurses subsidising the NHS by an estimated £700-a-year when they use their cars to visit patients.

MSPs will be told, at a parliamentary lobby, that nurses and community health visitors want the same privileges as GPs who are exempt from car park charges when on house calls.

Members of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) currently have to feed parking meters and waste vital client time looking for parking spaces which increases patient waiting times.

Campaigners will also highlight the failure of NHS mileage allowance to match the rocketing price of petrol that is hitting Scotland’s rural communities and the inequalities in the NHS trust car lease agreements, which costs NHS staff hundreds of pounds each year.

Anna Daley, CPHVA Professional Officer for Scotland said,

"This is a win-win situation. Our members win, our patients win and the Executive wins. It won’t cost the executive a penny to greatly improve the lives of community patients across Scotland".

John McLaren, Scottish Campaign Co-ordinator, said

"We’ve had a great response from MSPs so far but it is now the time for action. Our next step is to table our proposals before the parliamentary committee structure. We are confident that the majority of MSPs support our campaign every bit as much as our clients."

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union

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