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CSP response to statement by Secretary of State for Health on Health and Social Care

10 October 2007 - 3:05pm

Response to statement by Secretary of State for Health Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson MP on Health and Social Care (10 October).

Sarah Bazin, CSP Chair of Council, said:

"The CSP welcomes the recognition by the Secretary of State of the value of ready access to physiotherapy services. The provision of physiotherapy in the proposed GP-run health centres is good news for patients, especially for those with musculoskeletal and long-term conditions, seeking greater control of their condition. Prompt intervention by physiotherapists can achieve savings for the public purse, for example with the 500,000 plus people with musculoskeletal disorders claiming incapacity benefit.

"With up to 2,000 unemployed graduate physiotherapists waiting to treat and care for patients, there should be no delay by PCTs in taking advantage of this resource."

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