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Medical Auxiliaries

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Health what percentage increase or decrease there has been in the numbers of dieticians, medical laboratory technicians, radiographers, physiotherapists, orthoptists, remedial gymnasts and occupational therapists employed in the National Health Service compared with the number employed in 1949.

The approximate figures for England and Wales are:

Increase per cent.
Dieticians32
Medical laboratory technicians58½
Radiographers74½
Physiotherapists22½
Orthoptists55
Remedial Gymnasts55
Occupational therapists103

asked the Minister of Health what percentage increase or decrease there has been in the numbers of students in training to qualify as dieticians, radiographers, medical laboratory technicians, physiotherapists, orthoptists, remedial gymnasts and occupational therapists, respectively, compared with the numbers in training in 1949.

The Answer is:

Increase per cent.
Radiographers49
Medical laboratory technicians97½
Physiotherapists52½
Orthoptists1⅓
No comparison is possible for remedial gymnasts. Information for occupational therapists or dieticians is not available.