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Boorman Review win-win for NHS and patients

CSP press release published on 23 November 2009

The CSP warmly welcomes today’s announcement that the Government is to accept the recommendations of an independent review into the health and well-being of NHS staff

Commenting on the review by leading occupational health expert and former GP, Dr Steve Boorman, the chief executive of the CSP Phil Gray said:

‘It is extremely encouraging that the Health Secretary has pledged to accept in full the recommendations of this groundbreaking review. We know that ill or stressed workers will not able to provide the very best care to patients.

‘In particular I would like to praise the emphasis by Dr Boorman on providing early intervention and the right to self-refer for staff suffering with musculoskeletal conditions (MSDs). We know that MSDs account for 49 per cent of sickness absence from work, a higher proportion than any other condition, and cost the UK economy £7bn each year (1). Access to physiotherapy services when needed will mean less sickness absence for NHS staff. For patients it will mean less cancellations, delays and better continuity of care.

‘The recommendations could result in savings of £555m a year for the NHS and reduce staff sickness by a third, going a long way to improve the future of NHS funding. It can only be a win-win situation for all concerned.

‘The benefits for hospitals operating under difficult financial conditions are also clear. By investing in its people the NHS will deliver real cost savings. However, the government needs to ensure that Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts make the necessary early investment in specialist physiotherapy to implement Dr Boorman’s recommendations. This not something that can be done half-heartedly and it will only deliver the necessary results if backed by sufficient financial commitment.’

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Source: ‘Fit for Work? Musculoskeletal Disorders in the European Workforce’, The Work Foundation (September, 2009).

2. For further information please call the CSP press office on 0207 306 1111. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, CSP head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 546095, Jennie Edmondson, CSP head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, or Becky Darke, CSP media relations officer on 07900 160349.

 

3. 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.

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