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Labour leader hears from the physiotherapy frontline

21 February 2012 - 4:39pm

A CSP steward grabbed her chance to tell Labour leader Ed Miliband what she thought was wrong with the NHS and with the government’s proposed reforms.


Jane Leicester (sixth from right, above), who is joint chair of staff side at the Bolton Foundation Trust, met Mr Miliband, and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, when they visited the Royal Bolton Hospital on 17 February.

Ms Leicester said she told the Labour leader that under the government’s proposed NHS reforms there would be very little room for allied health professionals in the new commissioning system.

‘I told him that it’s right that GPs should have more influence on commissioning, but within the PCT system rather than handing everything over to GPs who don’t really want it anyway,’ she said.

Labour's mistakes

Ms Leicester said she told Mr Miliband that the previous Labour government had also made mistakes with the NHS, such as introducing private block contracts for treatments, which she said had meant that in the Greater Manchester area fewer referrals for services including physiotherapy were being made to the NHS, which is paid on case-by-case basis.

Mr Miliband admitted to Ms Leicester that the Labour government had not always got everything right.


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