§ Mr. Bob Dunn
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, bearing in mind that the shortage of qualified chiropodists in areas such as Dartford and Gravesham health district has led to the cancellation of domiciliary facilities, he will create foot care auxiliaries to deal with basic foot care according to professionally determined standards.
§ Sir George Young
Health authorities are already at liberty to employ foot care assistants. Their precise duties are a matter for the employing authority to decide, but would normally include simple foot care and hygiene, such as the cutting of toenails, carried out under the supervision and on the referral of a qualified chiropodist.