§ 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.