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TUC13: NHS services are being cut due to financial pressures, CSP survey finds

11 September 2013 - 9:33am

A drive to cut costs in the NHS is damaging patient care, according to six in 10 CSP members (60 per cent) who took part in a recent survey.


CSP chief executive Phil Gray: 'Greater investment in community services will keep people healthy, out of hospital and living independently at home.'

The results of the survey, which received more than 3,000 responses, were unveiled this morning, shortly before CSP chief executive Phil Gray was due to make a speech to delegates in Bournemouth.

It also reveals that almost nine CSP members in 10 (88 per cent) believe that cuts-driven restructuring is having a negative effect on professional standards.

And 29 per cent of respondents said their trust was cutting costs in response to the drive to make savings.

The CSP wants more services to be devoted to the treatment and management of long-term conditions. Meanwhile, patients should be able to refer themselves for physiotherapy services without GPs being involved and have speedy access to occupational health services. Falls prevention programmes that help keep older people out of hospital should be rolled out nationally, it argues.

'This survey paints a worrying picture of how many trusts are not planning ahead for the challenge of funding healthcare in the future,' said Mr Gray, who is expected to address TUC delegates this morning during the health debate.

'Simply cutting services means conditions that could have been treated quickly and effectively become chronic, long-term problems that will require more expensive treatment or care,' he said, speaking to Frontline in advance of his expected speech.

'Greater investment in community services will keep people healthy, out of hospital and living independently at home,' he added.

The CSP motion at the TUC calls on unions to campaign for 'more investment in prevention, early intervention and rehabilitation as a key part of meeting future healthcare needs'.

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