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Direct access to physiotherapy treatment can help end sick note culture, says CSP

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) welcomes the message from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alan Johnson who advised doctors on October 19 to help patients return to work instead of signing them off sick for long periods of time.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) welcomes the message from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alan Johnson who advised doctors on October 19 to help patients return to work instead of signing them off sick for long periods of time.

CSP Chief Executive Phil Gray said:  'We are pleased to see a closer working relationship between the departments of Health and Work and Pensions on this important issue. 

'We welcome the highlighting of the issue of the role of GPs as gatekeepers for services and the acknowledgement of the need to remove the road blocks to enable patients faster access to treatment.  Mr Johnson also addressed the importance of rapid access to treatment, citing research that shows the longer a patient is off work, the less likely they are to return.  Allowing people to obtain physiotherapy services direct without having to see their GP first is just one example of how patients can be treated faster and in many cases before their condition becomes chronic.  This would free up valuable time for GPs, who have given their approval to the proposals, and puts patients at the heart of their treatment and recovery. 

'The CSP looks forward to the forthcoming White Paper on public health and to working with the Government to move forward the initiative to help more patients regain their health, independence and the ability to resume their lives. The acknowledgement that rehabilitation and professional advice often has better results than simply resting, shows that the Government understands the vital role physiotherapists have in improving the nation's health.'

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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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