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24 November 2003

 

DISTRICT NURSES IN SCOTLAND HAVE ‘A RAW DEAL’

- GLASGOW CONFERENCE WILL HEAR

District nurses in Scotland are getting a raw deal when it comes to pay, grading and career prospects, says the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA is holding a District nursing at the crossroads roadshow in Glasgow on Friday, 12 December to give district nurses an opportunity to debate the future of their profession.

Mark Jones, the CPHVA’s director said: ‘Throughout Scotland, the NHS is facing increased pressure on acute hospital beds. As a result, the importance of maintaining people independently in their own homes and communities has come increasingly to the fore.’

‘An ageing population, which wants to maintain its dignity and health, is just one factor why district nurses, who visit the elderly on a daily basis, are such a vital component of the NHS workforce.’

Pay is also important for district nurses who have experienced a drop in earnings in recent years, because they haven’t been put on the right grade for their qualifications.

  • District nurses wishing to get tickets for the roadshow should contact CPHVA on

Tel: 020 7939 7052/7045 Email: garth.halliday:@amicus-m.org

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

  • The CPHVA can provide local district nurses prepared to be interviewed on the state of the profession in Scotland
  • Members of the media are warmly welcomed to attend the ‘roadshow’ which will be at John Smith House, Sauciehall Street between 1000-1600 on Friday, 12 December
  • The UK has a 26,000-strong district nurse workforce
  • The CPHVA roadshow is also visiting Belfast, Manchester, London and Cardiff
  • For further information and free copies of the new CPHVA publication, District nursing at the crossroads – a CPHVA perspective, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

Anna Daley, Professional Officer, Scotland ( 07798 53 10 01

Rosemary McQuarrie, Professional Officer, CPHVA ( 07768 93 13 11

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and district nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Amicus trade union.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.amcius-cphva.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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