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Letters - 15 May 2013

Get involved now by sending your contributions by email to or write to Letters, Frontline, 14 Bedford Row London WC1R 4ED. Letters should be no more than 250 words. Frontline reserves the right to edit letters. Please ensure you include your name, address and a daytime telephone number.

Money Talks

And so it begins.  I was saddened though not surprised to read of the threat to 1,000 jobs in Wales and of the closure of the small specialist rehab unit in south west England (pages 8 and 10, 17 April).  

We have, apparently, arrived at the ‘financial bottom line’ – a place where arguments around clinical need no longer seem to matter.

In this new landscape we see some interesting decision-making: some big companies can avoid paying tax for years and overall losses from tax evasion are estimated at a massive £70 billion.

Are we going to witness a time when many of our physios emigrate to countries that recognise that physiotherapy provision is going to be ever more important with all our populations ageing, simply because our administration would rather see paucity of health provision than tackle tax evasion?

It is a shameful picture that is emerging.
Sarah Williams

NHS in danger

I felt compelled to write after reading your article on the closure of the specialist neuro-rehab service in Bath (pages 10, 17 April).  

This government has no excuse for putting NHS staff in jeopardy and risking patients’ rehabilitation and recovery after pledging to protect these frontline services.

Where is the accountability from Mr Cameron and his government?

What makes this worse, if that is possible, is that as the government pushes forward with its austerity measures the public seems happy to sit back and watch erosions of the beloved NHS.

The CSP and its members need to step up lobbying government and work towards alternatives to the austerity measures and investigate schemes which are sustainable and would help us move to sound public finances.

Watching colleagues becoming redundant and patients having sub-standard care is not an alternative we should settle with.
Jill Barker

Amazing therapy

I was interested in the article ‘Making the Grade’ (page 24, 20 March).

I am a physio recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I have been treated by a physiotherapist using craniosacral therapy and have steadily progressed to full health and returning to work.

The active listening presence of the therapist was vital to open up treatment and helped me understand my situation.

I was so amazed by my experience that I have gone on to study craniosacral therapy.
Pamela Irving
* See Viewpoint, page 23

Plug in

I am concerned about the ‘article’ titled ‘Peak Practice’ (page 24, 17 April), which is a clear and unadulterated advert for a private practice.

NHS physiotherapists are over-stretched and clients are continually asking for recommendations for private therapy.

This ‘article’ has just given thousands of physios a name to pass on.
Kathie Drinan

Frontline replies: We thought this team provided an innovative service that would interest readers.
To some extent, we could be accused of ‘advertising’ many of the services we highlight, whether they are based in the NHS or elsewhere.

We can assure you this article was not intended as an advertisement.

Support needed

I am involved in running a CPD course for physiotherapists in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

One young physio, Abdallah Makalla, has a provisional place for a two-year MSc in physiotherapy at the University of Western Cape in South Africa but has been unable to take up this place due to lack of funding.

If you would like to help, visit:
Tina Everett

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