§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what areas in Lanarkshire are under-doctored, and to what extent.
§ Mr. Maclay
The areas in Lanarkshire listed by the Scottish Medical Practices Committee as requiring additional family doctors under the National Health Service are those of Coatbridge and Shotts. The Commitee have not indicated to what extent those areas are regarded by them as under-doctored. There are, however, in the Coatbridge area 21 doctors on the medical list, with an average of about 2,600 patients, and in the Shotts are four doctors, with an average of about 2,800. The average for Lanarkshire is about 2,300, and for Scotland as a whole just under 2,000.