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CSP to consult NHS physiotherapy staff on pay offer

CSP press release published on 20 March 2014

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is to begin the process of consulting its members for views over the Government’s decision to reject a recommended payrise for NHS staff.

CSP stewards will speak to physiotherapy staff in NHS workplaces to assess the mood and see what support there is for measures, including industrial action, to take in conjunction with other health unions.

The independent NHS Pay Review Body had recommended a one per cent rise for all staff, but the Government rejected this last week.

Instead, only those at the top of their pay band will receive the rise, leaving other staff with no cost of living increase.

CSP assistant director Pete Finch said:

“Our members are understandably angry at this decision and we will be asking them how they want to respond.

“The Government has undermined the independence and integrity of the pay process and its decision represents a continuing attack on the living standards of NHS staff who have already endured three years of pay restraint.

“The PRB recognised the direct link between the morale of staff and the quality of patient care and it is deeply disappointing that the Government ignored this.”

The CSP has welcomed the decision of the Scottish Government to implement the PRB recommendations in full, and has urged those in Northern Ireland and Wales to do likewise.

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 or Laura Boyd, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.

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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