§ 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.