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Dame Marion Roe yesterday dropped a clanger in Parliament by demanding a policy that was scrapped by the last Conservative government.
Dame Marion asked Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister for XYZ, whether he planned to ‘draw up guidelines on the management and treatment of foot problems to lay down a patient's minimum entitlement to NHS care.’
Mr Ladyman replied: ‘Once upon a time there was such guidance on who should have access to chiropody services, but it was scrapped in 1994 under the previous Government’. At present, Primary Care Trusts are responsible for ensuring that people have access to appropriate foot care.
“Since Labour came to power in 1997, the number of Chiropodists has gone up by 15.9%, and the number of people training to be Chiropodists has gone up by 33%. Dame Marion must understand that this sort of improvement can only be achieved by focussing on frontline services and eliminating costly bureaucracy.”
Very interesting figures and now I am in Old Blighty, not a lot of people seem to acknowledge the increase in the workforce. When grandfathering takes effect from July this will increase the numbers again yet there appears to be a general feeling there is not enough chiropodists.