HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc403-4W
16. Mr. Peter Walker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether on current projections he expects there to be a surplus of doctors by 1980.

Mr. Ennals

No. There has been no change in the Government's aim to reduce our dependence on overseas doctors, to remove serious disparities between regions of the country and to overcome shortages in certain specialities. I see no possibility of achieving these objectives as soon as 1980.