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UK has fewest doctors per 1,000 patients in EU, finds think tank

The UK has nearly 30% fewer doctors for its population size than the European average, according a new report.

The report from the Health Foundation found that the UK has just 2.8 doctors for 1,000 patients – 28% lower than the EU average of 3.9 doctors.

Furthermore, of the EU15 countries where data was available, the UK was found to have the lowest number of doctors per 1,000 patients.

BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said on Twitter that it is ‘pretty obvious why the medical profession in UK is under such pressure’.

Greece topped the table offering more than six doctors per 1,000 patients. 

The report said: ‘The UK has fewer doctors for its population size than other European countries, at 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people.

‘This is 28% lower than the EU15 average of 3.9, despite the UK spending an average share of national income on health.’ 

However, the report added: ‘Overall, it appears that there is no relationship between total spending and the number of practising doctors.

‘France spends a relatively high amount (11.0%) and has relatively few doctors (3.3) per 1,000 people, whilst Germany spends 11.3% of national income and has an above-average number of doctors (4.1) per 1,000 people.’

This comes after the latest official workforce data revealed that 1,000 GPs have left the profession since the health secretary made a pledge to recruit 5,000 more by 2020.

Readers' comments (7)

  • It bloody feels like it down here in hell this morning as well.

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  • Now I look at the surgery as a house of pain for me. The love of medicine has been killed off by political correctness and over regulation. Demands, more demands and complaints with CQC regulations and appraisals adding to our load. I find it amazing GPs are still standing.The daily chore of removing your scripts from printers and getting them out from a locked cupboard in the morning is draining. There ha not been a single case of patients stealing blank unprinted scripts in the history of the praactice.

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  • AlanAlmond

    We just need to make the few staff we have work ‘more efficiently’. If we stick them all together in fewer buildings, get them to ‘work at scale’ and spread them thinly over a 7 day week, sprinkle a few pharmacists and para-medics and step up the inspection regimen to weed out the ‘poor performs’ who’s efficiency is dropping off through over work I predict the problems will all resolve ...sorry I meant, the system is sure to collapse.

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  • Get Virgin to run the show that will add to the success rate,oops!

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  • Virgin APMS was paid 14% more compared to the PMS practice and the surgery that they took over went from outstanding to inadequate in 2 years. Where did all the money go? The spin: NHS is great. We give the best care with the least number of overworked doctors in the EU.

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    Spartans made do with only 300.

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  • but they got slaughtered

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