HC Deb 25 January 1972 vol 829 c367W
41. Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of patients per family doctor in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region for each of the past four years; what were the national figures over the same period; and what steps are being taken to improve the present position.

Mr. Alison

The figures are as follows:

Year Yorkshire and Humberside Region England
1968 2,587 2,493
1969 2,560 2,495
1970 2,549 2,478
1971 (provisional) 2,536 2,460

There is a gradual improvement, both in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region and nationally. Special allowances are payable to doctors in areas with high average lists, and from 1st April, 1970, the allowance was substantially increased for those areas with the highest average lists.