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Integrate services to improve patient care, CSP says

CSP press release published on 22 April 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that it will set up a commission to look into the best ways to integrate health and social care.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

"We welcome the focus on improving the integration of health and social care as physiotherapists witness the failings in this area on a daily basis.

"Too many patients are left in hospital long after they need to be because there is inadequate provision for them to complete their rehabilitation back at home.

"This is very distressing for the patient and can also lead to gaps in their treatment that increase the likelihood of further ill-health and readmission to hospital later on.

"That is a senseless waste of money at a time when resources are scarce, so any attempts to improve the coordination of health and social care are to be welcomed. Physiotherapists are ideally placed to help plan and deliver those integrated services.

"The NHS cannot sustain any further upheaval so we would caution against any policy that would require another major structural reorganisation, but we look forward to seeing how we can contribute to the commission set up today."

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