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Society sets PM straight on members' views

29 February 2012 - 4:27pm

CSP chief executive Phil Gray has countered claims made by the prime minister about members’ resistance to the health reforms.

At today’s prime minister’s questions, Mr Cameron said only two per cent of members of the ‘Royal College of Physiotherapists’ told a survey they were against the reforms.

The prime minister appears to have based his comments on a survey by the Society between 21 March 21 and 12 April last year, which got 1,175 responses from members.

‘David Cameron can quote as many figures out of context as he likes, but cannot escape the central fact that his government’s proposals are almost universally opposed by professionals in the NHS,’ said Mr Gray.

Amend the health bill

‘Like other professional bodies, we have lobbied for more than a year in parliament to get the government to amend the health bill, which seriously threatens the future of the NHS, but they refused to make any significant changes.

‘As a consequence, last month the CSP called on the government to withdraw its plans. They are deeply flawed, they will damage patient care, and it is not too late to change course.’

The responses to last year's CSP survey showed that 80.5 per cent opposed the reforms and 58 per cent ‘strongly agreed’ with a statement that the reforms would harm patient care.

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