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Make your voice heard on 20 October

CSP members are the most effective voice for physiotherapy.

As an individual CSP member you can take action – here’s how

Marches and rallies are being organised on 20 October in London, Glasgow and Belfast by trade unions collectively, including the CSP.

These will tell our politicians that austerity is not working and that there’s a fairer, more sustainable alternative.

Below, some CSP members who will be there on 20 October explain why.
If you’re worried about the NHS cuts and the wider impact of spending cuts, including their effect on you, your patients, your family and your community, then make your voice heard by joining the events on the day.  See: www.csp.org.uk/oct20
 

Cliff Towson  

Physiotherapist and co-convenor, CSP disabled members’ network
‘The government is undoing years of good work in improving NHS patient care.  The reforms and cuts are not to anybody’s benefit, not to staff, not to patients.   And the most vulnerable in society are being hit hardest.

For disabled people, the government’s austerity policies have made it even harder to find work, and they face more prejudice. It makes me really frustrated and angry! ‘

Tim Rowland and Gemma Matthews

Band 6 physios, Cornwall
‘We are going on the march as we are not prepared to accept this government’s sustained attack on public sector workers and the terms and conditions of our employment.

We are particularly concerned as we work in the south west where 20 trusts have set up a pay cartel to try to introduce regional pay by the back door.’

Alice Hale

First year physiotherapy student, London
‘Healthcare and healthcare professionals are invaluable.  The government must be stopped from devaluing our service.   It is important that both students and professionals stand together to express this.’

Claire Saunderson

Physiotherapist, Glasgow
‘Staff cuts, job vacancies and budget restraints have sent NHS staff morale to an all time low, and allied health professionals’ waiting lists are at an all time high. How can we change this without investment in our services and our staff?

With the current and planned austerity measures, staff are not only worried about how they will survive in the future on their reduced pensions, they are also worried about if they can afford to live now. There really has to be a better way to achieve a future that works!’

Sue Rees

Senior NHS manager and CSP Council member
‘We should be really proud that so many members supported the TUC-led ‘March for the Alternative’ last year.

This time round it’s even more important for us to stand together to show the coalition that their austerity measures are not working and will leave us worse off in the future.

We need to do this on behalf of ourselves as individuals, and, as importantly, our patients.’

Members stand up for themselves Over their pay

Last year the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said it would stop a number of staff members’ pay increments, including those of some CSP members, under the trust’s sickness absence policy.

Outraged at this unfair treatment of hard working health professionals, local CSP stewards worked with the CSP’s regional senior negotiating officer and other union reps to challenge the move.

The unions jointly launched a grievance and when that was rejected, appealed against the decision.

They also lodged employment tribunal claims on behalf of the members who were directly affected.  

In an earlier move, CSP reps and fellow health unions in Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had already challenged similar moves by their employer.

Their case was considered by Manchester Employment Tribunal, which ruled in the employees’ favour.

Back at Morecambe Bay, the local staff side presented the Manchester verdict to trust managers which reversed their decision, and promised to reinstate any back that was due to staff.

Welcoming the trust’s’ about-turn, Julie Collins, a CSP senior negotiating officer, said: ‘This demonstrates the value of members standing together with their CSP stewards and how close working between trade unions can achieve successful outcomes.’

Private physio who lobbied her MP gets results

Judith Pitt-Brooke, a private practitioner and CSP council member, was very unhappy with the low any qualified provider (AQP) tariff proposed by commissioners in Leicestershire and contacted her local MP.

Her lobbying prompted the MP to contact the commissioners and even the health minister, calling for the retention of quality physiotherapy services in the area.

The tariff could be revised shortly and Ms Pitt-Brooke is leading discussions with local commissioners to secure a better outcome. ‘The reason we are up in arms about this low tariff is that we don’t feel it’s economically viable to provide the quality of service that patients currently receive,’ she said. Join us on Saturday 20 October

In London: Why not pick up a cup of coffee and a CSP flag from Bedford Row, where there will be members of CSP staff and from 10.30 am, and then head off for the TUC-led march in good company?

Or look out for the CSP banner on the demo, which will start leaving at midday from the Embankment on a route to Hyde Park.

Provide us with a mobile number and we can also alert you to our location on the day.

For Glasgow, check out www.stuc.org.uk/20-oct contact Patricia McNally on 0131 226 1441
For Belfast: www.ictuni.org contact Claire Ronald on 02890 446 250.

Need more information?

The CSP website is a mine of information if you’re looking for helpful briefings on dealing with cuts in your area or trying to ensure your services are offering the best possible value.  Visit www.csp.org.uk for more information.

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