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Medical Cards

Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for new medical cards were received and how many sent out on each day and each week from 1 April to the week ending Saturday 18 May.

The central services agency does not normally maintain records of this nature. However, during the period from 29 April 1985 to 13 May 1985 inclusive the numbers of applications received and medical cards issued were as follows:

29 April1,5011,231
30 April3,2201,769
1 May5,9723,137
2 May5,3234,330
3 May5,8104,136
4 May2,4191,325
5 May4142,376
6 May6185,176
7 May7,2292,490
8 May5,4263,162
9 May4,4853,158
10 May3,4805,506
11 May5433,572
12 May344,740
13 May3,143*3,000
These figures cover valid applications for replacement medical cards. In addition, approximately 1,500 applications have been received during the period from new applicants and people who have changed doctor. Of these applications, all those received from applicants of voting age have been processed.