§ Mr. Ifor Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of doctors who have left the United Kingdom for posts overseas in the past five years.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Information is not available in the form requested: the latest estimates of fully or provisionally registered civilian doctors of British or Irish birth leaving Great Britain, for the last five years for which figures are available, are as follows:
1964–65 1,050 1965–66 940 1966–67 1,020 1967–68 1,050 1968–69 780
Many doctors return after relatively short periods overseas; the estimated net losses, varying between 500 and 250 a year, were stated in my hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and Shoreham (Mr. Luce) on 15th December, 1971. Both the gross and net figures may need to be revised as more information becomes available about the whereabouts of individual doctors.—[Vol. 828, c. 145.]