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AfC 'delay' will not affect pay, says CSP

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has today written to Health Minister, John Hutton backing the decision to delay full implementation of Agenda for Change (AfC) until 1 December 2004 with a pay effective date of 1 October.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has today written to Health Minister, John Hutton backing the decision to delay full implementation of Agenda for Change (AfC) until 1 December 2004 with a pay effective date of 1 October.

In the letter, the Society (whose membership last year voted 86% in favour of the new deal) expresses it's continued support for AfC and describes the delay in implementation as 'sensible' but warns that 'any move from the (October 1) pay effective date would be unacceptable.'

Sara Lawrence, Chair of the CSP Industrial Relations Committee said:

'CSP members voted overwhelmingly for the new pay scheme to take effect from 1 October and that cannot be changed.  The fact that this has been preserved is to be welcomed and must be enforced.'   

The Society believes the postponement will make for a smoother rollout of AfC but will not compromise pay for physiotherapy staff. Ms Lawrence said:

'We welcome the practical approach adopted by the Department of Health in respect of the ongoing discussions with staff and their representatives.  This will allow two further months for the NHS to prepare for the transition. It also means that the review of AfC can be completed by July and ensure the payment date of 1 October remains unchanged. The CSP believes that AfC will be good for physiotherapy, for patients and for the service'

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Notes to editors
For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616, 020 7306 or 020 7306 6628
The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 42,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants
Previous CSP press releases can be found at www.csp.org.uk/mediagovernment/media/mediareleases.cfm

 

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