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Physiotherapy, Spilsby

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 3 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Health why it is not considered feasible to establish facilities for physiotherapy at Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

Shortage of trained staff makes it impossible at present to provide physiotherapy for out-patients at every hospital.

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the very high cost of sending quite a large number of patients who need this treatment to Boston to get it there? Will he take the very earliest opportunity of providing facilities at Spilsby?

There is a shortage of physiotherapists at the moment and that is a limiting factor.

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider using private practitioners, especially ex-Service men in their own homes, instead of clinics?

I think the hon. Member is to see me towards the end of the month on a deputation on this matter and perhaps he will await that interview.