HC Deb 24 May 1985 vol 79 c585W
Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now take steps to increase the number of general practitioners in the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Between 1979 and 1984, the numbers of general practitioners in Great Britain increased by some 2,700, or almost 10 per cent. from 25,614 to 28,301. Recruitment to general practice continues steadily and could produce further increases. There is, therefore, no need for additional measures.