HC Deb 28 May 1941 vol 371 c1868W
Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that his predecessor, after we had been at war for more than a year, stated that it was the policy of his Department that every hospital of 300 or more beds should have a properly equipped physiotherapeutic department; that there are hospitals staffed with one or more masseuses acting under the direction of surgeons who have no specialised training in this branch of medicine; that physiotherapists are appointed to the staffs of hospitals only in the event of an application being made for such an appointment by the medical superintendent of the hospital; and will he give the lead in implementing his predecessor's pledge by directing that physiotherapists be appointed whether the medical superintendent applies or not; and whether any alien physiotherapists have been appointed to posts under the Ministry of Health?

Mr. E. Brown

The policy of advocating the provision of physiotherapeutic departments in all Class I hospitals with 300 or more casualty beds was announced in a circular of 25th June, 1940, a copy of which I will send to my hon. and gallant Friend, and in subsequent statements by my predecessor. I am advised that the existing methods of staffing these departments are generally satisfactory. My Department have, in a number of cases, invited hospital authorities to consider the appointment of physiotherapists, but I am satisfied that it would not be wise to insist upon such appointments against the wishes of the clinical staff of the hospital. No alien physiotherapist has yet been appointed to a post under the Ministry.