HC Deb 27 April 1982 vol 22 cc234-5W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many general practitioner (a) trainers and (b) trainees there are in each health region in England under the vocational training scheme; and how many in each group are women.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The attached table shows the number of general practitioners approved to act as trainers and the number of general practitioner trainees in each health region at 10 October 1981 with a breakdown, in the case of the trainees, showing how many are women. A similar breakdown in respect of trainers could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

Region Trainees Trainers
Male Female Total Total
Northern 56 29 85 91
Yorkshire 59 46 105 138
Trent 79 56 135 189
East Anglia 51 27 78 114
North West Thames 74 44 118 153
North East Thames 71 47 118 155
South East Thames 80 33 113 162
South West Thames 54 40 94 116
Wessex 79 42 121 168
Oxford 47 19 66 94
South Western 86 39 125 173
West Midlands 106 47 153 183
Mersey 60 29 89 113
North Western no 52 162 191
Total 1,012 550 1,562 2,040

Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set up an investigation into the possibility of establishing a salaried general practice service, an essential part of planned primary care, and as a method of levelling out any inequalities in general practitioner provision, especially in some inner city and remote rural areas, giving full consideration to variations in experience and training.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I do not consider a salaried service to be essential to the planning of primary care, nor to the adequate provision of general medical services in inner city or remote rural areas. In exceptional circumstances my right hon. Friend has power to enable district health authorities to make special arrangements to provide general medical services if he considers it necessary to secure an adequate service in any area, and these arrangements could include the provision of salaried services.