§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the population of Wales lives in areas where there are insufficient doctors; and what measures he is taking to ensure that health care in these areas is brought up to an adequate standard including the provision of more health centres.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
There are no established criteria for identifying an area as having insufficient doctors, but the number of general medical practitioners in Wales has increased steadily over the years for example from 1,258 unrestricted principals in 1970 to 1,372 as at 1 October 1980. The average patient list size is now 2,086, against a permitted maximum of 3,500.