Physiotherapists

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland 12:00 am, 27th April 1964

asked the Minister of Health what limitations on the expansion of training for physiotherapists still exist as a result of the shortage of teachers of physiotherapy.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

The number of training places cannot yet be increased.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

Is this due to a shortage of teachers of physiotherapy, to a lack of financial resources or to a shortage of buildings? Surely there is a great lack of facilities because of a shortage of staff. Why cannot facilities be increased?

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

As the hon. Gentleman guesses, this is due entirely to a shortage of teachers which has persisted since the beginning of the National Health Service. We are now discussing with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy the introduction of a more attractive course of a duration of less than two years in an attempt to bridge the gap.