The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has welcomed the joint ABI-TUC consultation paper on access to rehabilitation for accident victims.

Association secretary Mark Harvey said the paper Getting Back to Work was a step in the right direction to identifying key problems and getting injured people back to work.

Harvey said one of the key problems was a serious lack of funding and suggested rehabilitation costs be spread among employers, insurers and the government.

The NHS should play a bigger role in providing rehabilitation services, he said.

Harvey also called for greater awareness of rehabilitation in the workplace.

"We want to see a statutory duty imposed on employers so that they at least have to consider an employee's request for rehabilitation," he said.