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Seven-day services good for patients - but staff must help design them, says CSP

CSP press release published on 16 December 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has called for any new seven-day NHS services to be properly funded and for healthcare professionals to be involved in designing them.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, set out plans yesterday to make more services available at the weekend.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

“Seven-day services have been shown to cut waiting times and allow physiotherapy patients to receive the treatment they need, when they need it.

“To be sustainable, however, they need proper investment to ensure the existing service isn’t simply stretched over an additional two days, which could actually reduce the quality of care rather than improve it.

“It is also essential that the health professionals delivering the service are involved in designing the new arrangements to ensure patients receive the best possible care.”

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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