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Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the present annual output of trained doctors in the Province; what plans exist to increase this number in the future; and what inducements can be offered to retain an adequate number in Northern Ireland.

The output of trained doctors in Northern Ireland in 1974 was 110. Current expansion of the Queen's University Medical School will increase output to 135 by 1977. The present and planned development of the health services, including substantial capital investment in hospitals and health centres, should encourage young doctors to practise in Northern Ireland.