§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what professional bodies he has had consultations with and what conclusions were reached regarding the proposal by the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences that the term "technician" should be replaced by "scientist"; and if he approves the term "scientist" being used by non-qualified staff.
§ Mr. Moyle
I regard the question of designation as primarily one for the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine and the NHS Whitley Council. I understand that both are aware of the views of interested professional bodies, and that neither has agreed on a change in the title "medical laboratory technician".