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Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Health how many vacancies exist for physiotherapists in the National Health Service; how many are in training; and how many places are available in physiotherapy training schools.

No figures of vacancies are available; there were 1,623 students in training in England and Wales at the end of 1960; the number of places available depends on the number of qualified

Average daily occupation of beds allocated to mental illness149,386147,109143,831140,593
Number of patients who were detained as certified or temporary patients on 31st December90,22377,00251,433See Note

Note: Owing to the effect of the transitional provisions of the Mental Health Act, figures are not available for the number of detained patients at the end of 1960.

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of informal admissions to hospital of patients suffering from mental illness for the six-months period from 1st November, 1960, and the number of compulsory admissions; and if he will give the comparable numbers of voluntary and compulsory admissions for the same period of the previous year.

Information is only available so far for November and December, 1960, when 18,333 were teachers, which at present does not permit of any appreciable increase in the number of students.