Opticians

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Broughton Mr Alfred Broughton , Batley and Morley 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health what is the number of ophthalmic opticians in England and Wales now employed in providing optical treatment within the National Health Service.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Five thousand six hundred and sixty-two.

Photo of Mr Alfred Broughton Mr Alfred Broughton , Batley and Morley

Does my hon. Friend consider this number sufficient to meet the needs of the National Health Service, and is he satisfied that ophthalmic opticians as a whole have shown that high standard of professional service which the Minister expected?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

We are hoping for an increase in the numbers which will become available for the service, and we feel that in general the professional standard of ophthalmic opticians is high.

Photo of Mr Louis Tolley Mr Louis Tolley , Kidderminster

Can my hon. Friend tell-us what percentage of the number of available opticians are out of the scheme at present?