HL Deb 24 September 2002 vol 638 cc219-20WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will list National Health Service health authorities in rank order according to the number of full time equivalent chiropodists/podiatrists per thousand of the population; and [HL5499]

How many full-time equivalent chiropodists/podiatrists there are per thousand of the population in the National Health Service in England compared to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. [HL5500]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The information on health authorities in England employing chiropodists/podiatrists in rank order has been placed in the Library.

The number of chiropodists and podiatrists working in the National Health Service is increasing. The NHS Plan states that by 2004 there will be an extra 6,500 therapists over the 1999 baseline, chiropodists/podiatrists are included in this target. Since 1999 the number of chiropodists employed in the NHS in England has risen by 190 (6 per cent) and the number of places available for students to train as chiropodists has increased by 40 (12 per cent).

The comparison between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff employed in the chiropody area of work per 1,000 population in the United Kingdom as at 30 September 2001
whole-time equivalents
England 0.06
Scotland1 0.13
Wales 0.07
Northern Ireland 0.09


Figures are rounded to two decimal places

1 Population estimates are based on estimates from the General Registrar for Scotland at mid-June each year. A 2001 population estimate is not available yet therefore the 2000 estimate has been used instead.


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

NHS Staff Census—National Assembly for Wales

National Manpower Statistics from Payroll, ISD Scotland

Northern Ireland Human Resources Information System

Office for National Statistics

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