HC Deb 22 April 1964 vol 693 cc181-2W
Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the ratio of patients to general practitioners in the National Health Service in Scotland for each of the years 1949 to 1963.

Mr. Noble

The information is as follows:

Average number of patients per principal providing unrestricted general medical services in Scotland
Patients per principal
1st January, 1950 2147
1st January, 1951 2169
1st July, 1952 2078
1st July, 1953 1995
1st July, 1954 1981
1st July, 1955 1975
1st July, 1956 1967
1st July, 1957 1984
1st July, 1958 1978
1st July, 1959 1987
1st July, 1960 1977
1st October, 1961 1979
1st October, 1962 1977
1st October, 1963 1996


1. No comparable figure is available for 1949.

ing table gives the numbers of beds at 31st March, 1961, 1962 and 1963, and the average percentage occupancy by paying patients during the years up to those dates. These beds are also used for nonpaying patients.

2. These figures contain an increasing element of inflation of doctors' lists by the continued inclusion of names of patients who have left the practice but whose removal has not been notified.

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