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CSP calls for more GPs to prescribe exercise

CSP press release published on 2 October 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy(CSP) has responded to a new study published in the British Medical Journal about the benefits of exercise for patients recovering from a range of conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

“Increased exercise prescriptions, combined with better investment in services – and greater levels of physical activity among the public – will help more patients achieve a full and long-lasting recovery.

“GPs send an important message when they prescribe guided exercise – that physical activity can play as crucial a part as medication for people recovering from a number of conditions.

“This study backs up that message and we would like to see more GPs taking it on board.

“However, it is also essential that the NHS ensures appropriate community rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy, are available to provide expert advice to patients who need an exercise programme.

“Short-sighted cuts due to budget pressures mean these services are not available across all parts of the country.”

For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email 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, or Jon Ryan, senior media adviser on 07917 091200.



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