Members urged to take part in 'historic' event

CSP members are being urged to pull out all the stops to give physiotherapy's profile a boost during a historic national day of action for the NHS next month.

The NHS Together campaign, comprising all the health unions and staff associations, has chosen Saturday 3 March to raise concerns over the direction of NHS reform and the scale of service cutbacks. The focus will be on local events instead of a major national rally in London, the organisers said. Campaign activities will include lobbying of MPs, leafleting, holding community meetings, organising petitions, and holding fun runs and rallies with music and entertainment. CSP stewards are being sent a list of ideas and are being urged to get members to take part. This could mean involvement in set-piece events coordinated by TUC regions or smaller activities highlighting local services. Warren Glover, CSP research and policy officer in employment relations and union services, said: 'We're trying to give as much flexibility as possible so our stewards can do whatever they want.' Campaigning should involve patients and the local media, the CSP has said. Mr Glover said 3 March promised to be an 'extraordinary day in the history of NHS campaigning'. He added: 'The day of action represents a big opportunity for us to show that physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants care passionately about what happens to the NHS and to our patients.' CSP Council chair Sarah Bazin has also called on Council members to be visible at their local events and to support both the campaign and participating local members. In a letter to Council members she said: 'The aim is to send a powerful message to the government celebrating the successes of the NHS and defending its values.'
Matthew Limb

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