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Rehabilitation must be provided for treatment centre patients, say physios

16 August 2005 - 6:20pm

Physios gathered in Cardiff for their annual conference caution new secretary of state for health, Patricia Hewitt, that her plans to reduce waiting lists through independent treatment centres must also include measures for adequate after care.

Hundreds of physios gathered today in Cardiff for their annual conference have cautioned the new secretary of state for health, Patricia Hewitt, that while her plans to reduce waiting lists through independent treatment centres are to be applauded, she must support these proposals with adequate after care - or risk patients returning through A&E with unnecessary complications.

CSP Chief Executive Phil Gray said:

'We welcome the principle of using independent treatment centres to help reduce waiting times but faster access to treatment must not lead to slower recovery time for patients.

'Sufficient rehabilitation with physiotherapists and other health professionals must be planned in as part of the treatment package if these centres are to be a real success.'

ENDS

For more information, please call Jennie Edmondson on 07786 332 197

The CSP Annual Representative Conference takes place at the Thistle Hotel, Cardiff on May 13 and 14

The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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