§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many teaching hospitals devoted solely to chiropody and foot care there are in England and Wales; and what is his estimate of the total number of qualified chiropodists emerging in 1983.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg:
Students undertaking courses leading to State registration are trained in schools of chiropody approved by the Chiropodists Board, an independent statutory body established by the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960. There are nine such institutions in England and Wales; one of them, the London foot hospital is in the NHS, the others are in the further education sector. I estimate that, if the proportion of students qualifying in 1982 is maintained next year, some 215 qualified chiropodists will emerge in 1983.