HC Deb 11 March 1957 vol 566 c129W
Sir K. Joseph

asked the Minister of Health the proportion of general practitioners who at the latest available date where working single-handed as opposed to working in partnership or group practice; and whether this is higher or lower than a year previously, and by how much.

Mr. Vosper

On 1st July, 1956, 34.42 per cent. of the general practitioners providing unrestricted medical services in the National Health Service were in single-handed practice. This figure is 1.33 per cent. lower than the corresponding figure for a year earlier.

Male Female
Whole-time Part-time Whole-time Part-time
Employed at 30th September, 1956 (latest available date) 10,709 197 9,649 6,740
Male Female
Estimated shortage (in terms of whole-time staff):—
At 30th September, 1956 2,900 4,500
At 31st December, 1955 3,100 5,150
At 31st December, 1954 3,000 5,350

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