HC Deb 29 January 1985 vol 72 cc163-4W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many chiropodists are employed by the National Health Service; if he considers the number to be adequate; and if he has had any representations to the contrary.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

There were 2,392 whole-time equivalent chiropodists employed in the National Health Service in England at 30 September 1983. Figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for those countries. There is undoubtedly some shortage of chiropodists in the NHS and we occasionally receive representations about the adequacy of particular local provision.