§ Mr. Geraint Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many doctors have resigned from the National Health Service in Wales since 1 January 1980.
§ Mr. Grist
Between 2 October 1979 and 1 October 1987, 188 general medical practitioners left the general medical service for reasons other than death, retirement or to enter hospital service. During the same period, 97 practitioners were readmitted to the service.
Information on the resignations of consultants and senior registrars in the hospital service will take some time to extract; I will reply to the hon. Gentleman as soon as possible and place a copy of my reply in the Library of the House.