§ Mr. Gurden
asked the Minister of Health how many doctors were employed in the National Health Service as 258W general practitioners, consultants, junior hospital doctors, and other appointments, respectively, at the latest convenient date.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
There were 19,863 doctors providing full general medical services at 1st January, 1968.
There were 9,015 consultants, 2,713 other senior hospital doctors (i.e. senior hospital medical officers with and without allowances, medical assistants, senior registrars and other senior staff), 10,819 junior hospital doctors in the grades registrar and below, and 4,606 part-time medical officers employed in the Hospital Service at 30th September 1967.
In addition, there were over 3,000 public health medical officers in the Health Services provided by local authorities at 30th September, 1967.
All the figures relate to England and Wales. Some doctors work in more than one branch of the Health Service.