HC Deb 03 June 1957 vol 571 cc892-4
14. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Health what was the salary scale for radiographers at the inception of the National Health Service; what increases have been granted since that date; and how the total increase compares, on a percentage basis, with the rise in the cost of living.

Mr. Vosper

As the Answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL. REPORT.

Mr. Swingler

I thank the Minister for his answer. I wonder whether he can say what is the last figure? Is he aware that radiographers all over the country are complaining that they are inadequately rewarded, and also that any rise they have been given since the Health Service came into being has not kept pace with the rises in prices or the rises given to other professional classes? Can the right hon. Gentleman comment on that?

Mr. Vosper

I dealt with this matter very fully last week. The basic salary has risen from £385 in 1950 to £485 in November, 1956. That is an increase of 35 per cent., which is slightly below the increase in the cost of living for a comparable period. I have already said that I am not satisfied with the position, and I have asked for a review.

Following is the answer:

Grade of Radiographer At the inception of the National Health Service, 5th July,1948 1st October,1950 1st October.1951 1st February,1954 5th November,1956 Percentage increase of mean of scales in Col. 6mean over of scales in Col. 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
£ £ £ £ £
Basic 310 x 12½-360 335 x 12½-385 355 x 15-415 380 x 15-440 420 x 15-465 x 20-485 35
Single-handed. (a) 347½ x 12½-360 or 375 x 10 -385 x 15-460 400 x 15-490 425 x 15-515 470 x 15-545 x 25-570 (a) 47
(b) 360 x 15-435 (according to nature of post or experience required) (b) 31
Senior 360 x 15-435 385 x 15-445 x 20-465 415 x 15-490 440 x 15-515 485 x 15-545 x 25-570 33
Superintendent. 450 x 25-575 after 10 years' service in the grade by 25-600 475 x 25-625 500 x 25-650 530 x 25-680 I (in charge of 3–7 assistants) 585 x 25-710 x 40-750. 27
II (in charge of 8 or more assistants) 675 x 27½-812½ x 37½-850 45
The rise in the cost of living as measured by the Index of Retail Prices between July, 1948 and November. 1956, was 46 per cent.

17. Mr. Cower

asked the Minister of Health what is the present shortage of radiographers in North and South Wales, respectively; what is the number at present employed; and when he anticipates that the numbers now under training will meet present requirements.

26. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, despite the increase in salary awarded to radiographers seven months ago, there is still a shortage in the Cardiff area; and what steps he is taking to improve the position.

Mr. Vosper

There is a shortage of ten whole-time radiographers, or 22 per cent., in North Wales, and twenty, or 12½ per cent., in South Wales: the shortage in the Cardiff area is five, or 11 per cent. The numbers at present employed are thirty-five in North Wales and 139 in South Wales, of whom forty are employed in the Cardiff area. As regards the latter part of both Questions, I would refer the hon. Members to the reply given to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Dr. Stross) and other hon. Members on 27th May.