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Boosting physio numbers will ease delayed discharge crisis says CSP

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

CSP response to new delayed discharge report

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has welcomed the publication of a new report by the Commons public accounts committee focusing on delayed discharge.  The Society is pleased that the committee has acknowledged the vital roles therapists play in the rehabilitation process and says the Government must start delivering its targeted expansion of physiotherapists in order to help ease the £170m the delays cost the NHS and free up hospitals beds for other patients. Commenting on the findings CSP Chair of Council Claire Strickland said: 'This report validates the call from the CSP for the Government to look at more effective ways of discharging older people from acute settings. 'The biggest obstacle to resolving the delayed discharge crisis is the shortage of therapists. They are key to providing the bridge between the hospital bed and restoring independent living at home. 'Today and every day, up to 3500 people fit enough for discharge remain stuck in hospital because of the lack of physiotherapy care. This will not be resolved until we have more therapists enabling older people to leave hospital and regain their independence. 'In order to meet these demands, cut the cost to the NHS and free up beds for other patients, the UK Government must put more effort into delivering its pledge to boost the number of physiotherapists in England by 59 per cent in England by 2009.' Ends Media information The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 40,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth large health profession and continues to grow For more information, contact the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616/28. 


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