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Statement on Government’s response to the Francis Inquiry

CSP press release published on 19 November 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's statement on the Francis Inquiry.

Sue Rees, Chair of Council at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:


“The poor and negligent treatment highlighted by Robert Francis QC shocked the nation. We are encouraged by the Government’s detailed response today to ensure high quality, safe and compassionate care is provided to all patients wherever care is delivered and across all health and social care settings.


“The vast majority of hard-working NHS staff want to deliver the best possible care for patients and the physiotherapy workforce has a vital role in driving forward the improvements set out by Francis.“The emphasis on creating the right structures and systems to enable staff to perform at their best is greatly welcomed. 


“However, given the ever increasing demand for NHS services, the CSP is concerned about how far the government’s good intentions will succeed in improving services unless safe staffing levels are funded and guaranteed.


“Physiotherapists tell us they need a system that’s properly resourced, where staff are well trained, given the chance to develop their skills and practice and allowed to work to priorities that put patients first at all times.


“Physiotherapists play a key role in saving lives and keeping patients safe and can also do a lot to relieve pressure within the NHS, by preventing serious falls and restoring the functional abilities of patients with a wide range of clinical needs.


“This means many can receive treatment whilst remaining in their own homes.”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, senior media adviser on 07917 091200.


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Notes to editors

1.       The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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