Time to get going

The past few weeks felt like a very long holiday: first Easter, then a Royal Wedding and May Day.

We’re all hoping Mr Lansley used the time for serious reflection on his proposed NHS changes.

The CSP has been active in many ways: we’ve lobbied at Westminster, we’ve marched for the alternative – along with some 700 members – and we’ve worked with other health bodies, including the BMA and RCN, to highlight what these changes will mean for patients in England.

But now’s not the time to take our foot off the pedal. The CSP wants all members to add their voices to the government’s listening exercise, so ministers have to take notice. Information and tools on our website can help you raise these concerns locally and nationally.

Meanwhile, we need members to keep informing us of what’s happening in every UK country. We know cuts are already affecting patients – we want to prove it. Our recent survey (page 8) showed we could act responsibly in handling sensitive information you shared with us, ensuring your identities remained confidential while allowing us to highlight the cuts through patient groups and charities.

Things are moving fast: watch the CSP website as we launch a new facility to let you tell us about cuts in your area. And sign up for the CSP e-bulletin to keep abreast of developments. You can find out how to do that at www.csp.org.uk. Go to your account page, then ‘CSP Newsletter’. (You’ll be prompted to log in first.)

On a lighter note, there’s good news if you missed the 2012 Olympics ticket deadline.

As Robert Millett explains, the deadline for applying to volunteer as a physio for the 2012 games has been extended. And, if you’ve a patient who might be able to compete in the Paralympics, there’s still time for them to apply.  So don’t hang around. Get going!

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Lynn Eaton Managing editor, Frontline eatonl@csp.org.uk

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