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8 August 2002


The Audit Commission report highlighting the delays for people needing an X-ray or a scan was "a wake-up call" for more resources to be earmarked for these services, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association said today (Thursday, 8 August).

The CPHVA’s Director, Mark Jones said: ‘Many of our members are working very hard in partnership with GPs to provide the best possible primary care. It is very frustrating for them to see patients having to wait weeks for an X-ray or MRI scan.’

‘As a member of the NHS Capital and Capacity Taskforce, I am well aware of the competing demands for resources, but early detection of illness or disease for patients is much more effective than letting the condition reach the acute stage.’

‘The shortage of radiographers and radiologists has been highlighted and a decent recruitment and retention package is one way forward to reduce the bottlenecks.’

In the spring, the CPHVA warmly welcomed the boost to NHS expenditure announced by Gordon Brown in his budget, and the CPHVA now hopes some of this money will be quickly used to cut the delays pinpointed in the Audit Commission findings.




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The CPHVA represents 18,000 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.



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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.