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26 March 2001



Health Visitor Shortages in London Could Affect New PCTs, says CPHVA

A new report highlighting the shortages of health visitors in London has been strongly welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) today (Tuesday, 26 March).
The King’s Fund report Public Health in the Balance says staff shortages could hamper the 30 London primary care trusts (PCTs) in their efforts to improve people’s health when they take over responsibility for this from health authorities next month.
The study shows that London faces huge inequalities in health with high rates of communicable diseases and fragmented local planning structures. This problem is exacerbated as some health authorities in the capital have health visitor vacancy rates of almost five times the national average.
The CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting) Obi Amadi said: ‘The King’s Fund is right to pinpoint the shortage of health visitors and we believe that we need a full complement of public health professionals to gain the maximum benefit from the formation of the primary care trusts. We would call for an even greater recruitment effort, bearing in the mind the high cost of living in the capital for all public sector employees.’
Getting the right workforce blend within each PCT must be one of the first objectives of the management, otherwise there could be serious problems over service delivery. A high quality human resources strategy for the PCTs is an imperative.’
Ms Amadi said that the CPHVA favoured devolution of public health responsibilities as the best way to bring services to client and patients.
But this must be done in the context of a pan-London public health agenda. While it is important to have flexibility at the grassroots, this must be done within broad overall health goals for London. Every PCT needs global reference points.’

The CPHVA’s Head of Labour Relations, Barrie Brown said: ‘There is a lot of working going on at national level, including the
Agenda for Change negotiations, which could have a positive benefit for London’s recruitment and retention strategy for healthcare professionals.’



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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