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Physiotherapy waiting lists to rise

Waiting times for physiotherapy treatment will get worse this year because of budget cuts, a new report claims.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said many physio teams are expected to deliver greater savings than other areas of the NHS.

One in 10 people admitted to hospital in England need physiotherapy, but cuts have left many services without proper resources, it added.

CSP chief executive Phil Gray said: "It's absurd that physiotherapy services are being hit so hard when patient demand is so high.

"Physiotherapists have embraced key government health targets, such as reducing patients' stays in hospital, delivering care closer to home and have a crucial role in meeting Labour's 18-week patient pathway commitment.

"But it's clear that they are now being overstretched in this challenging financial climate."

The society surveyed senior staff in more than a third of NHS organisations.

It found more than half expect physiotherapy waiting times to lengthen in the coming year.

Most said they have been asked, or expect to be asked, to cut their budget and 50% said there is no allocated training budget for physiotherapy staff.

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