HC Deb 01 December 1958 vol 596 cc829-30
27. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health whether he will make a statement regarding the registration of chiropodists.

Mr. Walker-Smith

This is provided for in the draft scheme for the statutory registration of professions supplementary to medicine, which is under consideration.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman realise that local authorities can now assist voluntary bodies in developing chiropody schemes and that the imminent advent of a Labour Government will extend chiropdy services for old people? But is it not therefore important that the registration scheme, certainly for chiropodists, should be in operation as soon as possible?

Mr. Walker-Smith

While it is a very pessimistic view for these elderly people if they are to await the service until a Labour Government comes in—because that will be a very long time indeed—we are awaiting comments on the scheme, and, in the light of that, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I will review the position.

Mr. Turton

Will my right hon. and learned Friend realise the urgency of this matter? It is very important that chiropodists should have professional status as soon as possible. Can he give a time when he expects legislation to be introduced?

Mr. Walker-Smith

Certainly I have in mind what my right hon. Friend has said. I cannot, however, given him a date in regard to legislation. He will appreciate that there is a very full legislative programme for this Session, and that matter has to be viewed in that context.