HC Deb 10 April 1952 vol 498 cc263-4W
59. Mr. F. Willey

asked the Minister of Health the number of National Health Service general practitioners in the county borough of Sunderland at 1st January, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952, respectively.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

Figures are not available for 1st January, 1949. Figures for 1st April, 1949 and for subsequent years are:

1st April, 1949 57
1st January, 1950 54
1st January, 1951 58
1st January, 1952 62

64. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Health under what conditions doctors are permitted, by his regulations, to receive in whole or in part compensation payments due to them on retirement from practice at an earlier date.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the regulations. They provide for the early payment of compensation in hardship cases where my right hon. Friend is satisfied that this is justified. Normally, advances are made only to enable doctors to repay burdensome loans raised for the purchase of the goodwill of their practices.

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