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Doctors

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the main specialties of hospital consultants leaving the United Kingdom to work or reside overseas in the latest available period.

During the year 1974–75, 75 consultants who left the grade in England and Wales stated that they were doing so with the intention of leaving the country. This represents 16 per cent. of those leaving the grade that year, and 0·6 per cent. of those in the grade at the end of the period. The main specialties involved, with the number of doctors in the specialty, were radiology, 12; anaesthetics, nine; mental illness (adult), seven; radiotherapy, five; general medicine, five; gynaecology and obstetrics, four; child and adolescent psychiatry, four; histo-pathology, four; traumatic and orthopaedic surgery, three; and medical micro-biology, three.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of (a) consultants, (b) junior hospital doctors and (c) general practitioners employed in the NHS trained overseas; and what are the numbers in each case.

Information on country of training is not available. At 30th September 1976, 1,753 out of 11,882 consultants—14·7 per cent—8,691 out of 18,256 junior hospital doctors—47·6 per cent.—and 4,101 out of 21,837 unrestricted principals in the general medical service—18·8 per cent.—in England and Wales were born outside the United Kingdom or Irish Republic.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the latest figures for the total number of doctors leaving the United Kingdom to

PeriodDoctors born in the United Kingdom or Irish RepublicDoctors born outside the United Kingdom and Irish Republic
(1st October—30th September)OutflowInflowOutflowInflow
1966–671,0305801,3901,870
1967–681,0705901,3502,100
1968–698405208902,100
1969–709306501,2501,630
1970–718505301,5101,450
1971–728007001,3101,730
1972–731,0106301,2301,760
1973–749005501,0401,800