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CSP welcomes plans for a more integrated approach to health and social care

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

CSP chief executive Phil Gray responds to the Secretary of State's speech to the National Leadership Conference for the Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Scientists

Commenting on Alan Milburn's speech to allied health professionals this afternoon, CSP chief executive, Phil Gray, said:

'Today's announcement is promising and suggests that, at last, the potential benefits of well co-ordinated health and social care packages are being recognised.

'In recent days, a lot of political media coverage has implied that the only solution to the growing 'bed-blocking' crisis is to spend more on care homes.  We believe that the issue of nursing home places is only part of a bigger picture.  The root of the problem is not just a shortage of care homes, it is also a lack of sufficient rehabilitation intervention and home care packages which could eliminate the need for extra nursing home places and help patients regain their independence.

'It is encouraging that Mr Milburn can see that health and social care services go hand in hand and that patients need one care system ñ not two.  The day this country adopts a co-ordinated approach to active rehabilitation, backed up by well organised home care packages, will be a very good day for patients.'

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Notes to editors

1.The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 39,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.

2.For further details, please contact  the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616/23

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