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National Health Service

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons in total were employed by the National Health Service in each of the years 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1981 and at the latest date for which figures are available.

The information is set out in the following table. The figures include both part-time and full-time staff and, accordingly, are considerably higher than the figures of wholetime equivalent staffing normally used for the NHS.individual doctors are or are not prepared to offer patients on their registered list help to obtain therapeutic termination of pregnancy as defined by the Abortion Act 1967.

No. Assessment of patients under the Abortion Act is a matter for individual professional judgment.