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DoH Concordat

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

DoH Concordat with Private and Voluntary Health Care Sector

Responding to the DoH announcement of a concordat with the private and voluntary health care sector, Phil Gray, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said: 'It is sensible to investigate means of reducing waiting lists by using spare capacity outside the NHS, and this is part of a larger scale expansion of services being provided to patients, including the aim of expanding physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.

'However, any arrangements made with the private sector should obviously be closely monitored to ensure that patients are receiving the highest standards of care no matter where they are treated.

'NHS staff who may find themselves working in the private sector also need assurances regarding their working conditions.

'The CSP has a particular interest in intermediate care as physiotherapy is one of the primary factors in the successful delivery of rehabilitation and a key element in multidisciplinary working.

'The concordat specifically states that intermediate care must have an emphasis on rehabilitation with a return to independent living wherever possible.

'This point is of the utmost importance to avoid creating 'dumping grounds' for the elderly. We are concerned to ensure that the staff leading and delivering intermediate care services are carefully chosen with this aim in mind.'

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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.

For further information, please contact the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 28

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