HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 cc72-3W
Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many consultants in the National Health Service in England and Wales have written contracts of service that give approval to doing work in private medical practice; and what is the average percentage of both.

Sir K. Joseph

At 30th September, 1970, 5,367 doctors in the consultant grade in England and 200 in Wales held paid part-time contracts and were thereby entitled to engage in private practice. These represented 63 per cent. of all consultants in England and Wales with paid National Health Service contracts.