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North Staffordshire Infirmary (X-ray Examinations)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Photo of Sir Barnett Stross Sir Barnett Stross , Stoke-on-Trent Central 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

asked the Minister of Health how many X-ray examinations were performed at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in 1950 and in 1956; and how many members of the staff were employed as radiographers in these two years.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

The numbers of examinations were 29,305 in 1950 and 41,370 in 1956. In both years there were nine qualified diagnostic radiographers.

Photo of Sir Barnett Stross Sir Barnett Stross , Stoke-on-Trent Central

In view of the very significant increase in the amount of work done by some members of the staff, would not the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that, for example, the payment of about £600 a year made to a superintendent radiographer after ten years' experience in this hospital is very low indeed? Will he look again at the whole of the salary scales, realising that the increase last year was very tiny and does not do justice to these servants?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

There is certainly an increase in the number of examinations, but I do not think the hon. Gentleman is right in describing the salary in crease last year as very tiny. In fact, it was about 10 per cent., which is a considerable proportion.