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CSP responds to new NHS sickness absence results

CSP press release published on 23 July 2013

New sickness absence results show the need for NHS trusts to do more to keep staff fit for work and delivering patient care, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) says.

Sue Browning, deputy chief executive of the CSP, said:

"NHS sickness absence damages patient care as it leads to cancelled appointments and longer waiting times.

"It also diverts precious funds away from frontline services - our own research showed that trusts spent more than £1bn on sick pay in the past three years alone.

"The simple truth is that the NHS is not doing enough to support its staff and help to combat sickness absence.

"More than a third of trusts still do not have a health and wellbeing strategy in place, despite being told by a major review in 2009 that this would help save the service £555m a year.

"That represents looking a gift horse in the mouth at precisely the time when the NHS cannot afford it.

"Employers need to act now and provide fast access to rehabilitation and other occupational health services like physiotherapy to help keep staff in work and delivering services to patients."

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.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. 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.
  2. The CSP's audit of NHS trusts, Fit enough for patients?, can be read in full here.

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