HC Deb 29 March 1976 vol 908 cc406-7W
Mr. Sedgemore

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many doctors or medical specialists have emigrated from the United Kingdom each year since 1948; what percentage this was of the total number of such medical personnel employed in the United Kingdom that year; and how many of those who had previously emigrated returned in each of these years.

Dr. Owen

Information is not available in the form requested. Available information about the migration of fully or provisionally registered civilian doctors to and from Great Britain is tabulated below. For information about doctors' migration in years subsequent to 1972–73 I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Mr. Davies) on 18th March.—[Vol. 907, c.629.]

a proportion of GNP so as to allow meaningful comparisons to be drawn.

The US Department of Health, Education and Welfare attempted to do this in 1973 for certain EEC countries and produced the following figures, which are the latest available:

Country Year Percentage of Gross National Product (at market prices)
France 1969 5.7
Netherlands 1969 5.9
West Germany 1969 5.7

Note: All expenditure, both public and private, is included

The latest estimate for the United Kingdom is for the financial year 1974–75 and shows that public expenditure on the National Health Service accounted for 5.4 per cent. of gross national product at factor cost—4.7 per cent. at market prices.