§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many speech therapists are employed within each regional health authority; what rate per 100,000 of population that represents; and how far current provision of speech therapy meets the recommendations of the committee of inquiry into speech therapy services, the Quirk report, 1972.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The numbers employed by region as at September 1983 (the last available figures) are shown in the table. The staffing levels shown represent an average for England of 4.2 qualified speech therapists per 100,000 of the population. The recommendation of the Quirk committee was that by 1992 the number of qualified staff should be increased to six per 100,000 of the population.
NHS speech therapists as at 30 September 1983 Staff Whole-time Equivalent Staff per 100,000 Population Northern RHA 108 3.5 Yorkshire RHA 126 3.5
Staff Whole-time Equivalent Staff per 100,000 Population Trent RHA 183 4.0 East Anglian RHA 89 4.6 NW Thames RHA 171 4.9 NE Thames RHA 175 4.7 SE Thames RHA 181 5.0 SW Thames RHA 129 4.4 Wessex RHA 98 3.5 Oxford RHA 102 4.3 South Western RHA 134 4.3 West Midlands RHA 198 3.8 Mersey RHA 83 3.4 North Western RHA 187 4.7 Total England 1,963*† 4.2 * Owing to rounding the sum of the Regional figures may differ from the total shown. † Excludes 10 speech therapists working in London Post-graduate teaching hospitals.