HC Deb 14 July 1949 vol 467 cc645-6
31. Miss Bacon

asked the Minister of Health what is his policy, in an over-doctored area, in respect of those doctors who wish to have more than 4,000 patients on their lists.

Mr. Bevan

In general, I should not give permission to exceed the normal maximum in any area where the Medical Practices Committee consider that the number of doctors was adequate.

Miss Bacon

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in one area, where the average number of patients per doctor is only a little over 2,000, a doctor has been allowed to build up a practice of 6,000 by bringing in an assistant? Is this, with his consent?

Mr. Bevan

I will certainly cause inquiries to be made into this case but, of course, where the doctor has an assistant he is able to have a larger list.