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Volume 872: debated on Monday 8 April 1974

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the number of general practitioners per head of population within the area of the Trent Regional Health Authority and the comparable figures for the regional health authorities in England.(1)

General Practitioners

The intended average net remuneration of general medical practitioners (after deduction of practice expenses) recommended in successive awards is as follows:—

Effective from

Intended average net remuneration

5th July 19482,055(a)
1st April 19502,222(a)
1st May 19572,333(a)
1st January 19592,426(a)
1st January 19602,425(b)
1st April 19632,765(b)
1st April 19652,775(c)
1st October 1966 (phase 1)3,700(d)(e)(f)
1st April 1967 (phase 2)
1st January 19694,000(d)(f)
1st April 19704,800(d)(f)
1st April 19715,185(d)
1st April 19725,575(d)
1st April 19735,750(d)


(a) The figures for 1948 to 1959 relate to remuneration from all sources including private practice and employer's superannuation contributions.
(b) The figures for 1960 and 1963 relate to remuneration from all official sources (i.e. excluding private practice and employer's superannuation contributions). They also exclude doctors aged 70 and over.
(c) The figure for 1965 relates to remuneration from Executive Council services only, excluding General Medical Practitioners aged 70 and over.
(d) The figures for 1966–67 to 1973 relate to remuneration from fees and allowances only.
(e) The 1966–67 increase was paid in two stages.
(f) The figures for 1966 to 1970 are estimated from the Review Body's general intentions.

The latest available figures, based on the estimated mid-1973 population and the numbers of unrestricted principals in general practice at 1st October 1973, are:

Regional Health AuthorityRatio of General practitioners to population
East Anglia1:2,328
North-West Thames1:2,094
North-East Thames1:2,181
South-East Thames1:2,257
South-West Thames1:2,212
West Midlands1:2,408

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish the average remuneration of (1) general practitioners and (2) hospital doctors in their respective grades in each year since the inception of the National Health Service.

(2) Hospital doctors

Information on the average remuneration of hospital doctors over the period is not available. The main salary scales for hospital doctors since 1948 are set out below. In addition hospital doctors may receive fees and allowances.

Effective from

House Officer

Grade Senior House Officer(a)


5th July 1948350– 450670775–890
1st April 1954425– 525745850– 965
1st April 1957468– 578820935–1,062
1st January 1959486– 601852972–1,104
1st January 1960675–1,1041,050–1,1001,250–1,400
1st April 1963770– 9401,195–1,2551,425–1,595
1st October 19661,100–1,3001,450–1,6501,650–2,050
1st January 19691,250–1,4501,570–1,7901,790–2,220
1st April 19701,626–1,8842,040–2,3282,328–2,886
1st April 19711,626–1,8842,040–2,3282,328–2,886
1st April 19721,749–2,0252,280–2,6342,634–3,282
1st April 19731,914–2,2082,475–2,8502,850–3,531

Senior Registrar

Grade Medical Assistant (b)

Consultant (c)

5th July 19481,000–1,300N.A.1,700–2,750
1st April 19541,100–1,400N.A.2,100–3,100
1st April 19571,210–1,540N.A.2,205–3,255
1st January 19591,258–1,602N.A.2,293–3,385
1st January 19601,500–2,100N.A.2,250–3,900
1st April 19631,710–2,3951,650–2,9102,910–4,445
1st October 19661,950–2,5501,850–3,2503,200–4,885
1st January 19692,120–2,7602,100–3,8103,470–5,275
1st April 19702,760–3,5882,520–4,5724,512–6,330
1st April 19712,760–3,5882,721–4,9384,512–6,840
1st April 19723,120–4,1462,925–5,3134,836–7,550
1st April 19733,363–4,3953,156–5,5625,085–7,599


(a) Salaries shown for 1960 and 1963 arc related to age 27 or under and age 28 or over.
(b) This grade was introduced in 1964.
(c) (i) The salaries shown for consultants from 1948-1959 are related to age 32 or over; those shown for 1960 and 1963 are related to age 34 or over.
(ii) In addition to the salaries shown in this column, about one-third of consultants are in receipt of a distinction award at any one time. Their values have increased from £2,500 for an A award, £1,500 for a B award and £500 for a C award in 1948 to current values of £7,350 for an A plus award (introduced in 1960), £5,577 for an A award, £3,273 for a B award and £1,392 for a C award.