John Spellar signed a campaign pledge at an event at the House of Commons to enhance community rehabilitation across the UK.
The event was used to launch a new hard-hitting report, published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Sue Ryder, which asks MPs to ensure the NHS delivers on patients’ right to rehabilitation.
The report warns that failing to provide these services can have devastating consequences for people’s lives, and bring greater costs for the NHS and social care systems.
Community rehabilitation provides expert, tailored support for patients outside of hospital to allow them to continue their recovery from emergencies such as stroke and heart failure, or to enable them to manage conditions such as lung disease and arthritis.
John Spellar said: “Hospitals up and down the country are full up. Community rehabilitation frees up more space in hospitals and gets people back on their feet quickly. It also enables people to be around their family and loved ones while they recover – a win-win.”