§ 144. Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the recruitment arid maintenance in post of speech therapists.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Improving recruitment and retention are essentially local issues, but health authorities have been encouraged to consider part-time employment, flexible hours and job sharing. The recent pay settlement gives across the board increases of 9 per cent. over an 18-month period commencing 1 April 1989 and provides for a review of the grading structure to be brought forward with any changes to be implemented from 1 October 1990.