The government is considering introducing a 'right to rehabilitation leave', health minister Andy Burnham has announced.

The government is considering introducing a 'right to rehabilitation leave', health minister Andy Burnham has announced.

Speaking at a Labour conference session run by the Stroke Association and the Chartered Society for Physiotherapists, Mr Burnham called for a 'more effective lobby' to push for rehab, and said 'maybe there should be a legal right to rehabilitation leave'.

He said employers assume that people who had suffered a stroke would not return to work: 'There is a very strong case for extending employment rights in this way.'

During the session, CSP chief executive Phil Gray said the gaps in funding for physio services amounted to a national 'scandal'.