General Practice in the National Health Service.
—The fourth report to the Minister of Health by the Medical Practices Committee for England and Wales deals predominantly with the 18 months ended Dec. 31, 1952, but it also reviews some of the developments since the inauguration of the National Health Service in July, 1948. At that time the total number of physicians in England and Wales was 16,864 and the number of registered patients approximately 41,500,000, giving an average of 2,466 patients per physician. The corresponding numbers in July, 1952, were: 17,383 physicians, 42,250,000 patients, and an average of 2,430 patients per physician. In 1948 there were wide variations in different parts of the country. For instance, in Radnorshire, Wales, the average number of patients per physician was 1,120, while in part of Glamorganshire, Wales, it was over 8,000. In 1952 the averages for these two areas were 1,320 and 2,832.