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UK has fewest doctors

The UK has the fewest doctors per head of population in the European Union, a survey has found.

At 179 per 100,000 inhabitants, the UK is well behind Greece, which has 438 doctors per 100,000 people, Belgium with 386, Germany 359 and Denmark with 316.

The Netherlands was the only other country to have below 200 doctors per 100,000 people, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European communities.

Figures showed the UK has the second lowest hospital bed days (408) per 100,000 people – only Sweden was lower.

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