HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 c492W
Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Minister of Health what was the ratio of general practitioners to patients in England and Wales in each of the years 1960 to 1964 and in each quarter of 1965.

Mr. K. Robinson

The estimated average number of patients on the lists of doctors providing full general medical services in England and Wales was as follows:

1st October, 1960—2,287.
1st October, 1961—2,292.
1st October, 1962—2,304.
1st October, 1963—2,326.
1st October, 1964—2,362.
1st October, 1965—2,410 (provisional).
The true figures will be slightly smaller since it is not possible to eliminate all duplicate entries from doctors' lists.

I regret that figures of numbers of patients on lists are not collected quarterly.