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CSP comments on DH Green Paper on Adult Social Care

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

In response to the Department of Health's Green Paper on Adult Social Care, the CSP press office issued the following statement.

Responding to the Government's Green Paper on Adult Social Care published today (21 March), Phil Gray, CSP Chief Executive, said:

'The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy welcomes the proposal to provide users of social care and local authority services with individual budgets to buy in care services they need to assist them in living independently. Physiotherapists have a major role in enabling people to restore and maintain their independence at home.

'Over the past year, the CSP has campaigned for better care services that enable independent living. We have released figures that have shown significant variations in council provision of care services and have called on councils to improve care services to ensure that people maintain and regain their independence and continue living at home.

'Physiotherapists work very closely with people in the community to enable independent living, but this also depends on providing access to the right professional, and the provision of integrated and seamless home care packages. Providing users of care services with greater choice, where they can access the professionals and services they need, will empower users to put them in control of managing their own care.'

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Notes to Editors

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 6163 / 6628. Mobile: 07795 564 240 (Prabh Salaman).

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. A full archive of earlier CSP press releases can be found by visiting www.csp.org.uk

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