§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many general practitioners in Middlesex have more than 4,000 patients each on their lists; and what steps he proposes to take to redistribute those patients in excess of the upper limit.
§ Mr. Alison
At 1st January, 1971, 73 doctors in the Middlesex Executive Council's area who provided full general medical services and had a majority of patients in the Executive Council's area had more than 4,000 patients on their lists. Of these, 57 had lists within the maximum normally permitted by the 405W regulations for doctors who have partners or employ assistants. I understand that a further two doctors are seeking a partner and an assistant respectively.
In accordance with the terms of service which form part of a doctor's contract with the Executive Council, action in relation to the redistribution of lists in excess of the normally permitted maxima is a matter for the Executive Council's Allocation Committee.