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Competition regulations not in best interests of patients, says CSP

CSP press release published on 25 April 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has responded to the House of Lords debate on new regulations regarding competition in the NHS.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

"The Government's claim that effective services will be protected from competition is undermined by recent history.

"We have already seen excellent services opened up to the market for no good reason with the expansion of any qualified provider for community health services such as physiotherapy.

"This has led to restrictions on treatment for patients and confusion for commissioners.

"These new regulations seem certain to do the same for all other NHS services in an open market.

"Further fragmentation of services, when cuts and reorganisation are already wreaking havoc, cannot be in the best interests of patients or the health service at large."

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, media and PR officer on 07917 091200 or Paul Marston, media and PR officer, on 07766 994141.

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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 51,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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