§ 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 1949.182W
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.