§ 60. Mr. F. Noel-Baker
asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to secure more staff at the Department of Dermatology at Swindon, and more physiotherapists for the Swindon area.
§ Miss Pitt
I am not aware of any shortage of consultant staff in the Department of Dermatology. The regional hospital board has recently authorised the employment of a clinical assistant for a further three sessions a week subject to the cost being met within the hospital management committee's approved estimates. There is a considerable shortage of physiotherapists which the hospital management committee has been making every effort to improve. Physiotherapists' salaries have recently been increased by a Whitley Council agreement.