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11 April 2003

 

 

30,000 UK SCHOOLS BEING SURVEYED ON ‘POOR AND SMELLY’ LOOS

 

School nurses are surveying the state of the UK’s 30,000 primary, secondary and special schools in a bid to improve school toilets and drinking water facilities for students and pupils.

The CPHVA, which represents the majority of the UK’s 2,500 school nurse work force, is asking its members to contact head teachers for their support and to answer the questions. The survey ends on 13 June when the results will be analysed.

The campaign is being organised by the CPHVA, the Enuresis Resource and Information Centre, School Councils UK, and the British Toilet Association.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for School Health and Public Health, Pat Jackson said: ‘Our members have reported that many school toilets are in a poor and often smelly condition. This survey will give us the necessary data to lobby government and local education authorities for improved toilets and the proper provision of drinking water.’

Nickie Brander, Campaign Officer, The Enuresis Resource and Information Centre, said: ‘The current health and safety legislation fails to provide adequate standards for school pupils.’

There is also a growing catalogue of evidence of short and long term health problems - both physical and psychological - that affect children’s health and learning due to sub-standard toilet and drinking water facilities.’

We will be identifying examples of high standards as well as those where improvements could be made.’

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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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