Physiotherapists, Hull

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Coulson Mr James Coulson , Kingston upon Hull North 12:00 am, 6th July 1964

asked the Minister of Health what scale of remuneration is being offered to qualified physiotherapists living in Hull and district in order to induce them to undertake part-time work in their profession; and how this compares with the scale of remuneration offered to induce qualified teachers to do part-time work.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

The Whitley Council rates are £1 10s. a session for the basic grade but where more than four sessions a week are worked payment is based on the full-time salary scale. I understand that there are no prescribed scales for part-time teachers but that the local education authority makes payments in proportion to the Burnham salaries to which they would be entitled as full-time teachers.

Photo of Mr James Coulson Mr James Coulson , Kingston upon Hull North

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether he will agree that, in view of the failure of the level of remuneration to attract physiotherapists to part-time work in Hull, very serious consideration must be given to whether the scale is adequate and whether sufficient recognition is given to qualification and experience?

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

I know the difficulties in Hull, and I have been in communication with my hon. Friend on the subject. I think that he knows that the Whitley scales are applied nationally. There are no inducement payments, but I understand that an arbitration award on the salaries of physiotherapists is awaited. The staff side claims closer relativity with the pay of teachers.