§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Minister of Health what improvement there has been in the number of general medical practitioners in England and Wales.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
In the nine months to 1st July, 1968, the number of doctors providing full general medical services in England and Wales rose by 86 to 19,935. This may be compared with a fall of 505 in the three years to 1st October, 1966, and a rise of only five in the following year. Although these figures are encouraging, many areas continued to be under-doctored.