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Doctors

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Heath if he will give for each year since 1959 the number of doctors employed by the National Health Service, with each year also expressed as a percentage change of the previous year.

Comparable data are not available prior to 1971. Informtion from 1971 is as shown in the table. Prior to 1975 comparable community health service medical staff figures are not available and are therefore not included.

YearAll doctors1Percentage change
197144,950
197246,4983·4
197348,1103·5
197449,1072·1
197555,629
197657,1672·8
197758,5022·3
197860,0012·6
197961,5542·6
198063,1302·6
198164,6122·3
198265,5911·5
198366,9102·0
198467,2820·6
198568,1941·4
198668,8390·9
198769,5321·0
1988270,9952·1
1Includes permanent paid and honorary staff; excludes locum staff, hospital practitioners and clinical assistants in the hospital and community health services. Includes general medical practitioners
2 Includes 129 additional posts not shown in the main census, which have been returned late by regions.