§ 16. Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Health what steps he has taken to see that the 110 vacancies for therapeutic dietitians have been filled; and with what results.
§ Miss Pitt
Salaries were substantially increased last October and, with the independent professional status which therapeutic dietitians will attain under the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Bill, my right hon. and learned Friend hopes that more people will be encouraged to enter the profession. He is considering what advice might usefully be given to hospital authorities on how to make the best use of the available therapeutic dietitians and reduce wastage.
§ Mr. Boyden
Is it still the position that about one-half of the dietitians are in the teaching hospitals and that in the provinces two-thirds of the hospital management committees have no advice at all?
§ Miss Pitt
I am not able to give the specific figures without notice, but a survey of the work of therapeutic dietitians in the hospital service has been carried out by the Department in conjunction with the King Edward's Hospital Fund for London and its results will shortly be published. My right hon. and learned Friend is considering issuing to hospital authorities, on the basis of the survey, advice about ways of making more effective use of the dietitians now 8 in the service and of future recruits. I believe that the suggestion will also tend to reduce unnecessary wastage.
§ Mr. Shinwell
On a point of order. Is it necessary for Ministers, in reply to supplementary questions, to read out the whole of the brief that is given them by their Department?