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Doctors, Dentists And Opticians

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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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 1977β€”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.

TABLE 1
QUALIFIED DOCTORS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77
YearAll doctorsWorking in the public sectorWorking in fields other than the public sector
196864,50061,8002,700
196966,20063,0003,200
197068,00064,2003,800
197170,80067,2003,600
197271,60067,5004,100
197375,20071,8003,400
197477,50073,6003,900
197579,50075,4004,100
197679,90076,1003,800
197781,60077,8003,800
NOTES(1) These figures are based on the number of fully and provisionally registered civilian doctors at 30 September each year together with, from 1971 to 1977 inclusive, the number of doctors holding temporary registration who were confirmed as working in Great Britain at 30 September each year.(2) All figures are estimated and based on the principal occupations of the doctors concerned. The estimates are rounded to the nearest hundred.(3) The "public sector" includes doctors working in the National Health Service, universities, the Civil Service, the public health laboratory service, special hospitals, the Employment Medical Advisory Service and factory doctors.
TABLE 2
QUALIFIED DENTISTS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77
YearDentists
196814,020
196914,130
197014,340
197114,570
197214,900
197315,150
197415,260
197515,690
197616,030
197716,440
NOTES(1) These figures are based on the number of general dental practitioners at 30 September each year together with the whole time equivalent of those dentists who work in the hospital and community health services.(2) Some general dental practitioners also work in the hospital and community health services and to this extent the above figures will include some duplication.(3) The figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

TABLE 3
QUALIFIED OPTICIANS WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1968–77

Year

Ophthalmic opticians

Dispensing opticians

19685,7531,150
19695,6391,204
19705,5671,296
19715,4771,342
19725,3881,393
19735,3091,426
19745,2521,402
19755,2761,536
19765,3431,627
19775,3501,749

NOTES

(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.