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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3663

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many doctors were practising in Canberra as at 2 December 1972.

(2)   How many doctors were practising in Canberra as at 2 November 1973.

(3)   How many doctors left practice in Canberra during this period.

Dr Everingham - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The term 'doctors practising in Canberra' has been taken to exclude doctors employed whole-time by hospitals, by the Australian National University and by the Armed Services. It has also been taken to exclude locums and the staff of the Australian Department of Health except those employed as Community Medical Practitioners.

It is difficult to arrive at precise figures for the number of doctors practicising in Canberra at any particular date.

The numbers given in (1) and (2) below have been obtained by taking the numbers of doctors on the lists of visiting medical officers at the Canberra and Woden Hospitals current as at June 1972 and June 1973, with modifications based on the definition above and registration records.

So far as it is practicable to ascertain, the answers to the particular questions asked by the right honourable member are as follows:

(1)   174

(2)   185

(3)   5, one of whom retired and one of whom died.

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