Is the Minister aware that a number of radiographers have left the National Health Service? Is he aware that there is a shortage of radiographers in Scotland and grave dissatisfaction among them? Is he further aware that these radiographers have had smaller increases in remuneration that almost any other workers in the public service and that the answer given by the Minister of Health yesterday will cause much greater dissatisfaction among them? Can the Secretary of State assure us that very soon there will be a meeting of the Whitley Council to examine these matters?
I would inform the hon. Lady that the numbers in Scotland are improving. They increased from 399 in March, 1955, to 428 in September, 1957. There is a steady but slow improvement. There is still a shortage, and everything is being done to overcome it. A claim for increased salaries was recently lodged by the Society of Radiographers, which I understand is before the appropriate committee of the Whitley Council.