HC Deb 05 March 1962 vol 655 cc16-7
41. Mr. Baird

asked the Minister of Health what are the salaries now being paid to physiotherapists in the National Health Service.

Miss Pitt

Between £525 and £1,155 per annum, depending on grade and length of service.

Mr. Baird

Does the hon. Lady realise that there is a grave shortage of these medical auxiliaries in the National Health Service? How does she expect to have an efficient Health Service when the auxiliaries are paid only a pittance and when applications for increases are turned down by the Ministry through the Whitley Council?

Miss Pitt

There has been an increase of 22 per cent. in these auxiliaries since 1949. Of course, the work is developing and there is need for more. As I have said before, salaries are a matter for the Whitley Council, before which there is a claim at the moment.

Mr. P. Browne

Has the Institute of Physiotherapists asked for an interview with the Minister? If so, what answer has it received? Will he grant an interview?

Miss Pitt

No formal approach has been made to my right hon. Friend.