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Medical Cards

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new-style medical cards have been issued by the Central Services Agency (Northern Ireland); what is the average number being issued each week; and when he hopes to have the changeover completed.

Since 1 October 1973 an estimated 1,650,000 medical cards have been issued by the Central Services Agency. On average, about 4,800 cards are being issued each week. It is not possible to say when everyone

(a) Radiographers
Description and GradeTotalFull-timePart-time
MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale
Superintendent Radiographer 11414
Superintndent Radiographer 21313
Superintendent Radiographer 3130130
Superintendent Radiographer 4319319
Senior Radiographer 13643604
Senior Radiographer 247445222
Radiographer7154711242
Teacher Principal Radiographer 122
Teacher Principal Radiographer 211
Senior Teacher Radiographer
Teacher Radiographer11
Student Teacher Radiographer33
Total203552028768
(b) Speech Therapists
Description and GradeTotalFull-timePart-time
MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale
Chief Speech Therapist 111
Chief Speech Therapist 211
Chief Speech Therapist 3116116
Chief Speech Therapist 4651
Senior Speech Therapist 124123110
Senior Speech Therapist 2534112
Speech Therapist—Graduate11
Speech Therapist—Diploma321
Total312239725
(c) Clinical Psychologists
Description and GradeTotalFull-timePart-time
MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale
Top Grade Psychologist44
Principal Clinical Psychologist2121
Senior Clinical Psychologist811892
Post-Probationary Clinical Psychologist66

will have a card issued by the Central Services Agency, as there is no compulsion on anyone to exchange his existing card for a new one.