23 September 2005                                                                            PRESS RELEASE





The nurse who gave a teenage girl a contraceptive injection in the toilet of fast food outlet McDonald’s has been backed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.


Angela Star, described as an exemplary employee by her NHS trust, had ‘a very difficult choice to make, but made the right one’ said CPHVA Director, Karen Reay.


Ms Reay said: ‘Angela Star is a very experienced nurse who knows how frightened and vulnerable teenage girls are when they think they may become pregnant. Ideally, it would have been best to have met this girl in a health clinic or surgery, but there seems to have been exceptional circumstances in this case.’


‘Britain tops the league table in western Europe for teenage pregnancies – five times the rate in Holland, for example. To combat this very worrying position, it sometimes needs an unusual response, which is why the CPHVA backs Angela Star.’


It is understood that Ms Star won’t be reprimanded by her employers Gateshead Primary Care Trust.


The CPHVA, a professional section of the Amicus trade union, represents the majority of the UK’s 2,500-school nurse workforce. 
















For further information, please contact:


Karen Reay                                                                             (        07798 531 004

Shaun Noble                Communications Officer             (            (020) 7780 4080

                                    mobile                                                 (            07768 69 39 40


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


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