13 May 2002
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  13 May 2002
 

 

 

ENGLISH COUNCILS LOBBIED ON PARKING FOR HEALTH VISITORS

More than 250 local authorities in England are being lobbied so that health visitors and community nurses can have 'free parking’ badges when visiting clients and patients on NHS business.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) which together represent more than 20,000 nurses working in the community.

In a letter to the councils’ transport chiefs, the CPHVA’s Head of Labour Relations, Barrie Brown 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.’

The CPHVA and CPNA want to build on the success in Scotland where the issue was debated by the Scottish Parliament and Glasgow City Council is introducing a major parking scheme for health staff working in the community on 20 May, 2002.

Barrie Brown said that the government is also taking a keen interest in the parking issue. Junior transport minister, Sally Keeble is due to meet the trade unions to discuss parking problems faced by care staff during the course of their work.

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 being implemented by Glasgow City Council.’

Glasgow’s ‘medical parking scheme’ will allow 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 will 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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