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CSP says devolving more power to frontline NHS services a step closer to direct access provision

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Commenting on the announcement by John Hutton to devolve more decision-making to frontline NHS services, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Chief Executive, Phil Gray made the following comment.

Commenting on the announcement by John Hutton to devolve more decision-making to frontline NHS services, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Chief Executive, Phil Gray said: 

'The CSP has been campaigning for faster patient access to treatment for some time and we are delighted with the decision to devolve more decision-making to frontline NHS services.  Physiotherapists are at the heart of healthcare innovations and improvements for patients.  Pioneering direct access pilot projects and schemes have shown that the initiative radically cuts demands on overworked GPs, speeds up patient access to treatment and can save an average five-doctor GP practice a month's consulting time a year.  We hope that this announcement will pave the way for the widespread roll out of direct access provision. 

'Patient groups also support the principle of self-referral to physiotherapy as it puts people in control of managing their own healthcare.  But for physiotherapists to have optimum impact, they need to have wider and faster access to patients, which this new initiative will allow.'

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For further information contact the CSP press office on 0207 306 6616/6628/6163

The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 43, 000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.  For previous releases, visit: www.csp.org.uk/mediagovernment/mediareleases

 

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