§ Sir Dudley Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his policy towards providing convenient out-of-hospital physiotherapy treatment for patients under the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Newton
It is for individual health authorities and local physiotherapy managers to determine where and how to provide physiotherapy treatment. Many authorities have introduced community and domiciliary physiotherapy services, which allow patients' preferences to be taken into consideration when deciding on the location of treatment. We have actively encouraged these developments.