Physiotherapists have been banned from touching their patients in a cost-cutting move described as “barmy” by experts.
Patients referred to physiotherapists for treatment in Nottingham will no longer receive hands-on treatment – but will be directed to websites where they can learn exercises for themselves.
Patients in Rushcliffe are given “advice and guidance” and directed to websites and information leaflets where they can learn exercises for themselves.
Phil Gray, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: “They seem to have invented a new form of physiotherapy that no one has heard of – do-not-touch physiotherapy,”
“Physiotherapists can’t actually physically touch you at all under this system. It is deeply unscientific.”