HC Deb 13 March 1961 vol 636 cc958-9
9. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of male physiotherapists in training for the last available year and for 1953, together with the wastage for these years.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)

I regret that the figures are not available for men separately.

Mr. Shepherd

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that the recruitment of male physiotherapists is in a state which does not cause her anxiety? Is it not a fact that there seems to be a constantly decreasing number of people who avail themselves of these facilities?

Miss Pitt

I cannot answer a question about the recruitment of male physiotherapists because men and women are recruited together and we do not keep separate figures. But overall the recruitment figure has improved over the last three years. Although there is still a shortage, the number of people in training should help to remedy it.