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11 December 2002
 

 

 

Councils' "appalling" failure to respond on parking for Health Visitors and Community Nurses

The failure of the majority of English local authorities to reply to a letter about parking for health visitors and community nurses has been branded as "appalling".

In the summer, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) wrote to 253 local authorities in England asking them to consider granting community nurses 'free parking’ badges when visiting
clients and patients on NHS business.

However, only 88 councils – a third – bothered to reply and this was described as "a poor and inadequate response" by the CPHVA’s Head of Labour Relations, Barrie Brown. ‘But we are grateful to those which did respond.’

Barrie Brown said: ‘Local authorities are meant to represent the communities they are elected to serve. The fact that two-thirds of them couldn’t even write a two-line acknowledgement about this important issue for our members and their clients is appalling. Even if the councils didn’t have responsibility for parking, it would have been courteous for them to reply. ’

Some councils were both speedy in their reply and positive in their response – however, this was unfortunately a small minority.’

The CPHVA and the CPNA, which together represent more than 20,000 nurses working in the community, are writing again to the councils
that didn’t reply.

In the original letter to the councils’ transport chiefs, Barrie Brown had said: ‘What is happening at present is that our members are spending precious minutes searching for a parking space for their car – time that could be better spent with clients.’

Often they receive parking tickets while on duty and some NHS employers are reluctant to reimburse community nurses for such fines.’

What the CPHVA and CPNA are asking for is a ‘free parking’ badge when our members visit clients in their homes, similar to the scheme implemented by Glasgow City Council.’

Glasgow’s ‘medical parking scheme’ allows unlimited parking in resident areas for badge holders, one hour parking in yellow line areas for badge holders and a 15 minute extension when parking in pay and display areas. Community staff still have to reclaim parking fees from the NHS.

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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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