§ 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.
§ Dr. Owen
Information is not available in the form requested. The table below sets out the migration of fully or provisionally registered civilian doctors to or from Great Britain:
Period (1st October to 30th September) Doctors born in United Kingdom or Irish Republic Doctors born overseas Outflow Inflow Outflow Inflow 1970–71 … 840 530 1,510 1,450 1971–72 … 780 700 1,290 1,730 1972–73 … 920 630 1,060 1,760
Provisional figures indicated that in 1973–74, the outflow of United Kingdom or Irish-born doctors remained at the 1972–73 level, but in 1974–75 may have risen by up to 150. Inflow was less in both periods and it would appear that net outflow in 1973–74 was up to 100 more than 1972–73, and in 1974–75 was up to 150 above that for 1973–74. Provisional figures for doctors born outside the United Kingdom and Irish Republic suggest that the pattern and order of size for 1972–73 continues.
I should add that in the years 1973–75, the total number of doctors working in the National Health Service increased by some 2–3 per cent. per annum.