§ Mrs. Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many general practitioners were in the National Health Service in 1978 and in the latest year in which figures are available; and whether he will give comparable figures for hospital doctors.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The information requested is as follows:
England 1978 1982* Number of principals assistants and trainees in general medical practice at 1 October 22,651 24,844 Number of hospital medical staff at 30 September† 31,515 34,600 All figures exclude locums. * Provisional figures. † Excluding hospital practitioners and paragraph 94 appointments.