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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00282: Clare Haughey (Rutherglen)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 26 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many GPs there are per head of population, and how this compares with the rest of the UK.

Answered by: Shona Robison 8 June 2016

< >The number of GPs working in Scotland has risen to a record high under this government – but we will go on working with family doctors and their representatives to help meet the challenges the profession faces over workload and recruitment. Scotland continues to have the most GPs per head of population in the UK, and spending on primary care per head has risen since this government came to office.

Country

No. Of GPs

Population

GPs: Per head of population

Scotland

4,938 as at Sept 2015

5,347,600

1 : 1,083

England

40,584 as at Sept 2014

54,316,600

1 : 1,338

Wales

2,249 as at Sept 2015

3,092,000

1 : 1,375

Northern Ireland

1,274 as at Oct 2015

1,840,500

1 : 1,445