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11 February 2003

COMMUNITY NURSE CAR VANDALISM HORROR STORIES - SURVEY

The full extent of the car vandalism suffered by community nurses is set to be revealed by a Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) survey.

One of the hottest issues for members of the CPHVA and the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association (CPNA) is the damage caused to their cars while visiting clinics/health centres or visiting clients and patients at home, whether accidentally or as a result of mindless vandalism.

The questions will focus on how many times have vehicles been vandalised, do employers offer any form of reimbursement, have insurance premiums been raised because cars have been repeatedly damaged while on NHS business and have members lost their ‘no claims’ bonus.

The CPHVA’s Head of Labour Relations Barrie Brown said: ‘This is a problem that seems to be getting worse. We want our survey to establish the facts, so we can lobby to ensure that our members receive a fair deal should their cars be damaged while on duty.’

‘Unfortunately, we are expecting to hear some real horror stories when our members return their questionnaires. This survey is part of our Deals on Wheels campaign which aims to see that community nurses get better terms and conditions when using their cars.’

Once the survey results have been analysed in the spring, they will be used to provide the facts for a briefing paper which will be prepared for the amicus parliamentary group of more than 100 MPs. The issue was debated by the amicus-MSF conference.

Both the CPHVA and CPNA are sections of amicus, the UK’s second largest trade union.

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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.

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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.

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