HC Deb 30 November 1973 vol 865 cc246-7W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many physiological measurement technicians (audiology) are at present employed in the National Health Service.

Sir K. Joseph

At 30th September 1972, the latest date for which figures are available, the number of physiological measurement technicians (audiology), inclusive of training grades, employed in the hospital service in Great Britain was 376, in whole-time equivalent terms. While it is not possible to make a meaningful central assessment of vacancies I am aware that many hospital authorities would like to employ more and that a marked expansion is required.