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Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many United Kingdom-trained doctors left Great Britain in the last year for which figures are available.

Emigration statistics are kept by country of birth, and a breakdown by country of training is not available. In the year ending 30th September 1974, 900 fully or provisionally registered civilian doctors born in the United Kingdom or Irish Republic left Great Britain, and 550 such doctors entered Great Britain from abroad. Figures are subject to amendment as more information becomes available. Provisional figures for the period 1974 to 1975 and 1975 to 1976 indicate that the outflow of such doctors was about 200 above that in the period 1973–74 in both years. The net outflow appears to have increased in the period 1974–75 but returned to the 1973–74 level in 1975–76.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of general practitioners working within the National Health Service in 1966 and 1976.

In England at 1st October the numbers of doctors in the general medical services, including principals, assistants and trainees were as follows:

(1)Provisional figure.