HC Deb 29 January 1962 vol 652 c59W
77. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health how many doctors are in the National Health Service; what is the average number of patients to each doctor; how many doctors are required to meet the nation's needs; and what steps are being taken to increase the number of students in the medical profession.

Mr. Powell

About 42,000 in England and Wales in 1960. The ratio of doctors in the Service to the civilian population was 1 to 1,080. In answer to the last two parts of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mrs. Hill) on 29th November last.

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