§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many orthotists were employed by the National Health Service in each of the last 10 years; how many district health authorities contract out for this service; and what are the current recommended establishment levels for the National Health Service in this field.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Orthotists are not separately identified in NHS manpower returns, and no establishment levels have been recommended to authorities. Information about the arrangements authorities make with outside contractors for orthotic seriices is not collected centrally.