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CSP takes part in Put People First event

CSP press release published on 24 March 2009

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is one of over 120 organisations taking part in the ‘Put People First’ march and rally in London on Saturday 28 March

Organised by a broad coalition of trade unions, environmental and faith groups and other non-government organisations, the march takes place days before world leaders meet for the G20 summit. By participating in the ‘Put People First’ event, the CSP aims to advance the cause of its members on a range of important issues. As a trade union and professional body, the CSP supports quality public services, promotes healthy living and strives to be environmentally responsible. The Society also supports social justice and wants to see an end to global poverty and inequality. Alex Mackenzie, chair of the CSP’s Industrial Relations Committee, said: “The global recession is having an impact on many people, including physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants. Pressure on public spending could significantly affect the health service, our members and people seeking physiotherapy treatment. “Many physiotherapists see the detrimental effects that poverty can have on people’s life chances and individual health. The issues being addressed at the G20 summit this year – jobs, the economy, public services, global poverty, the environment – are trade union issues where collectively we can make a difference.  “CSP representatives will be attending the event, ensuring that the voice of physiotherapy is heard on the important issues of the day. Any members who would like to join us on Saturday are welcome to march under the CSP banner to show that physiotherapists have a contribution to make in tackling the problems we all face.” Some other examples of organisations in the coalition are: Oxfam, WWF, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Everychild, TUC, Fairtrade Foundation, National Union of Teachers, GMB, Equity, Friends of the Earth, NUS, Shelter, UNISON, The Salvation Army, and Greenpeace. Further details are available on the CSP’s dedicated G20 webpage: csp.org.uk/director/members/newsandanalysis/news.cfm?item_id=46FE8D00CA80D36A0175A441998DEC2B ENDS Notes to editors 1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628/6616. Out of hours call Becky Darke on 07900 160349.   2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. 3. NHS referrals to physiotherapy can be gained through your GP, or you can contact your local NHS physiotherapy department, to find out how you can get an appointment. 

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