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CSP welcomes national health debate

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has welcomed the Government's decision to consult the public about improving the nation's health

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has welcomed the Government's decision to consult the public about improving the nation's health and says physiotherapists are ideally placed to tackle the UK's obesity epidemic.

Commenting on the Government's announcement, CSP Chief Executive Phil Gray said:

'We are pleased that the Government has acknowledged the need for a wide- ranging debate on tackling major public health issues.

'Physiotherapists have a leading role to play in driving the public health agenda. In addition to restoring function and independence, physios can directly target issues such as obesity through exercise prescription and by providing advice on healthy lifestyles.

'It is, however, critical that the forthcoming White Paper focuses on delivering services that are designed to empower people to take more responsibility for their own health - services that the public have told us they want. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by the CSP, 88 per cent of those questioned said they would choose to refer to themselves directly to a physio for a number of conditions.
 
'We want to see clear Government commitment to expanding direct access services so that people all over the country find it easier to obtain the expert advice they need to lead healthier lifestyles. To make this a reality, this White Paper must ensure more effort and investment goes into boosting the number of physiotherapists and other health professionals who can prevent and address the problems caused by sedentary lifestyles and inactivity.'

ENDS

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For more details contact the CSP Press Office on 020 7306 6616 / 07786 332 197
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 42,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants
 A full archive of earlier CSP press releases can be found at www.csp.org.uk

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