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Care cuts a false economy, says CSP

CSP press release published on 16 December 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has responded to new research from the London School of Economics that shows hundreds of thousands of people are missing out on social care because of budget cuts.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

“Cuts to care services are a false economy for the public purse because they lead to greater pressure on the NHS.

“If people do not receive the care they need at home, their specific condition or general health can worsen and ultimately require a hospital admission.

“Compounding this, physiotherapy staff often report patients being left in hospital longer than necessary and missing out on treatment because care plans are not ready or community services have been cut.

“We need a properly-resourced and integrated system that allows for a person’s health and social care needs to be met in a joined-up way. Greater investment in community services, including physiotherapy, should be central to this.

“The Government’s stated commitment to greater integration is welcome, but must now be backed up by comprehensive action.”

The CSP is a member of the Care and Support Alliance, which commissioned the LSE report.

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

ENDS

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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