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CSP responds to Evening Standard article - "999 strike man left to die 'in pain'"

CSP press release published on 28 March 2012

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has responded to an article on page 9 of the 27 March 2012 Evening Standard.

Dear Sir

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is very sorry to learn about the death of the 83 year old gentleman referred to in your article (999 strike left man to die 'in pain' - p9, March 27) and we wish to extend our sympathy to his family.

Physiotherapy staff, along with those working for the ambulance service and across the NHS are committed health professionals who would far rather have been caring for patients on November 30 than worrying about their pensions.

This is why we were dismayed by the choice of photograph accompanying the article, which depicted physiotherapists and gave out entirely the wrong message about why they and thousands of other NHS workers took the very difficult decision to strike on November 30.

No one wanted to be on strike and our members worked hard to ensure full emergency cover and that patient safety was maintained. Why choose to illustrate a piece about delays by the London Ambulance Service in responding to an emergency with physiotherapists? It's both misleading and disingenuous.  

Phil Gray
Chief Executive
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4ED


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