§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Health how many vacancies now exist in the Hospital Pharmacy Service; and if he is satisfied with the present level of recruitment to that service.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Hospital authorities estimate a need for an additional 384 qualified pharmacists in whole-time equivalents. A claim for increases in the salaries of hospital pharmacists is now before the appropriate Whitley Council and I have no doubt that in considering it they will take recruitment into account together with other relevant factors.