asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish the numbers of qualified doctors, dentists and opticians who were working in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years; and how many of these worked exclusively in the private sector, how many only in the National Health Service, and how many work in both the private and public sectors.
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 18 January 1979; Vol. 960, c. 904], gave the following information:It is not possible to answer the question in the form requested, since information held centrally relates only to Great Britain. Also, the available analyses of doctors are based on principal occupation and it is, therefore, not possible to provide information on those working in both the public and the private sectors. Finally, information on qualified dentists and opticians is held centrally only for those working in the National Health Service.Table 1 below gives the estimated numbers of qualified doctors in Great Britain in the public and private sectors, separately, for the years 1968 to 1977—the latest available year. Information on the number of dentists and opticians working in the National Health Service for the years 1968 to 1977 are given in tables 2 and 3 below respectively.
|QUALIFIED DOCTORS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77|
|Year||All doctors||Working in the public sector||Working in fields other than the public sector|
|QUALIFIED DENTISTS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77|
|QUALIFIED OPTICIANS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77|
(1) These figures are based on the number of ophthalmic and dispensing opticians in the general ophthalmic service at 30 December each year together with the whole time equivalents of ophthalmic and dispensing opticians in the hospital service at 30 September each year.
(2) Some general ophthalmic practitioners also work in the hospital service and to this extent the above figures will include some duplication.