HC Deb 09 February 1973 vol 850 cc215-6W
Mr. Michael Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what medical manpower estimates for the next five and 10 years, respectively, his Department is using in connection with planning the requirements of the National Health Service hospital service.

Sir K. Joseph

The provisional figure for England and Wales for 1972 is 26,900; for planning purposes a forecast rate of increase of approximately 3 per cent. per annum is used, but this is subject to variable factors and is kept under review.