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Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence she has of staff shortages in the physiotherapy teaching profession; what assessment she has made of the likely consequences of the Halsbury pay recommendations on the relative attractions of chemical and teaching physiotherapy; and if she will make a statement.

Recent evidence suggests that the number of physiotherapy teaching staff in post is approximately 20 per cent. short of the number that health authorities as a whole would like to employ. The recommendations of the Halsbury Committee of Inquiry, which would result in substantial increases for both service and teaching grades, are currently under consideration by the Whitley Council.