§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is satisfied with regard to the number of general medical practitioners in practice in North Down; whether there has been an increase or decrease in the number of general practitioners in the area in recent years; and if he will make a statement on the present position having regard to the growth in population and the increase in the number of elderly people in the population.
§ Mr. Moyle
Yes. There has been an increase in the number of general practitioners in the North Down and Ards District of the Eastern Health and Social 181W Services Board in recent years. The average number of patients on the general practitioners' lists is lower than that in Great Britain. I am content with the provision of primary medical care for the people in the district.