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CSP statement on long-term care

CSP press release published on 3 July 2014

Responding to a Health Select Committee report published today about managing the care of people with long-term conditions, Professor Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“The committee is right to focus on how we can help people to manage their long-term condition and live full, independent lives.

"In too many places across the country, community physiotherapy services that cut hospital admissions and improve quality of life are either limited or absent entirely, with consequences for patients and NHS budgets.

“Additionally, too many patients must still get a referral from their GP for physiotherapy, when providing direct access would cut waiting times and improve the outcome of treatment.

“We need properly-commissioned preventative services that can deliver care closer to home if we are to address this urgent issue.”

Notes to editors

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.

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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