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14 May 2002


Concern has been expressed about "the possible tacky nature" of the forthcoming ITV programme Confessions of Doctors and Nurses by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’s Association (CPHVA).

The CPHVA, which represents 18,000 health visitors and community nurses, is concerned that the programme, due to be broadcast on Friday (17 May), will put the medical and nursing professions in a poor light, when the NHS is endeavouring to recruit and retain staff.

CPHVA director Jackie Carnell said: ‘While we are opposed to censorship, we would depreciate anything that portrays the nursing profession in an unflattering – and unrepresentative – light, at a time when the NHS workforce is working very hard to improve services and implement the government’s vision for a reinvigorated NHS.’

‘The fact that this programme is going out at a peak time on a Friday evening suggests that it will be of a possible tacky nature aimed at attracting maximum viewing figures.’

The CPHVA has already raised its concerns with the Independent Television Commission, which says it can’t act until the programme is transmitted. Concern was also raised with London Weekend Television, which produced the programme, and a request was made to view the programme before transmission.

The CPHVA acted after some of its members had raised concerns about the possible content.





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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.