Bearsden, with a population of 12,300, has 13 resident 1954 doctors of whom seven practise mainly in Glasgow. Milngavie, with 9,700 population, has four resident doctors with one assistant. Clydebank, with 44,700 population, has 18 resident doctors with four assistants.
§ Mr. Bence
Is the Minister aware that the surgeries in Clydebank are packed out and that there is a quite inadequate supply of doctors in the burgh of Clydebank? Will the Scottish Health Department see whether they can improve the provision of medical services and provide extra doctors in the burgh of Clydebank?
We hope to improve the medical services throughout the entire country. The situation in Clydebank is practically the same as in other parts of Scotland. Comparing it with Bearsden there are 2,172 persons per doctor in Clydebank and 1,974 in Bearsden.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Elliot
Is the hon. Member for Dunbartonshire, East (Mr. Bence) asking for direction of labour here?