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2 April 2001


CPHVA welcomes MSF/AEEU merger vote

The overwhelming vote by the memberships of MSF and the AEEU to create a new mega-union has been welcomed as "a really positive opportunity" for healthcare professionals by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association today (Monday, 2 April).

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the MSF union, representing 18,000 health visitors and community nurses. The CPHVA director Jackie Carnell said: ‘In the new union, there will be a strengthened health sector with additional resources for providing labour relations and professional services for the membership.’

In a world of increasing globalisation, it makes sense that organisations representing working people merge to create a stronger voice to speak on their behalf.’

The NHS is going through a period of rapid transition and our members will need a powerful body to promote their interests and those of the client groups they serve on a daily basis.

MSF has 65,000 members working in the NHS and the AEEU 15,000. The two unions will operate in tandem until 2003 when they will become a fully integrated organisation.




Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

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