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Press Release Press Release Press Release Press  Release   

20 April 2001

 

Scottish Parliament Debates Health Visitors’ Car Plight

The Scottish Parliament is due to debate on Thursday (26 April, 2001) the demands of health visitors and community nurses for fair treatment when they use their cars on NHS business.

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will debate a cross-party motion calling for a national car agreement for community nurses and that there should be the provision of free car parking badges for such key workers as well as an urgent review of the car leasing and mileage arrangements.

Members of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association 
(CPNA) have been campaigning for a year to end a situation which is costing community nurses an estimated Ł700-a-year when they use
their cars to visit patients. They want the same privileges as GPs who are exempt from car park charges when on house calls.

Last month, MSF/CPHVA and the CPNA staged a successful lobby of the Scottish Parliament when MSPs listened to their grievances.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer in Scotland, Anna Daley said: ‘We are very pleased that MSPs are giving a UK-lead in finding a solution.
This will be a long-term benefit for patients by allowing community nurses to spend more time with them, instead wasting valuable time searching for a parking space.’

Campaigners have highlighted 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.

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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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