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Overseas Doctors

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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7.

asked the Minister of Health how many doctors from overseas are employed in the British hospital service.

On 30th September, 1961, there were in England and Wales 3,503 junior hospital medical and dental staff, including part-time staff, who were born overseas. There is no information for the senior staff.

Has the Minister any idea what the likelihood is of these doctors staying in England? Has he any experience to go on to show what that number really represents as an addition to our total medical staffs?

The figures I have given represent something under 40 per cent. of the junior hospital medical staff. I have no reason to think that the desire of doctors from overseas to serve and gain experience in these appointments will fall off at any rate at all rapidly.