§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the total National Health Service, establishment figures for each profession allied to medicine and actual variations from these figures for each of the last 10 years up until the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Newton
I regret that information is not available in the form requested. However, chairmen of regional health authorities, at the request of the Pay Review Body covering this group of staff, have conducted sample surveys for the past three years. These indicate that the percentages of funded posts vacant for three months or more were as follows:
Percentage variations against funded posts Sample years Profession 1984 1985 1986 Chiropody 14.1 11.10 9.00 Dietetics 1.7 3.68 1.19
Sample years Profession 1984 1985 1986 Occupational therapy 14.3 19.20 12.75 Orthoptics 1.5 1.58 0.93 Physiotherapy 4.5 3.50 0.94 Radiography 1.5 1.20 1.81