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Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the figures relating to the overall movement of doctors mentioned in her answer to the right hon. Member for Devon, North (Mr. Thorpe) on 19th December 1974, column 550,Official Report.

For the purposes of the information following, which relates to doctors in the NHS in England and Wales, a doctor temporarily out of the NHS—for example, between posts—on 30th September is counted as having left during the previous year. The numbers of doctors leaving also includes those lost to the NHS through death, retirement, emigration and transfer to non-NHS posts.

PeriodNumber of doctors joining the NHSNumber of doctors leaving the NHS
30th September 1970–30th September 19717,3445,957
30th September 1971–30th September 19727,8925,961
30th September 1972–30th September 19738,3236,307