Health written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the level of expertise of chiropodists and podiatrists trained by the SMAE Institute.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

The assessment of qualifications for the purposes of state registration is a matter for the Chiropodists Board of the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine.

I can confirm however that officials have been facilitating meetings with the registered and unregistered sector, which includes the SMAE Institute, to open dialogue between the two sectors. An agreement was reached at the last meeting in October for the unregistered sector to submit their course documentation for assessment. So far no documentation has been received.

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