Number of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

In 2019 there were approximately 290 thousand medical practitioners in employment in the United Kingdom (UK). This is an overall increase from 2010 when there were 236 thousand practitioners in the UK. Between these years the number of medical practitioners has experienced some fluctuatations.

Patterns of employment in the UK health sector

The number of health professionals overall in the UK stood at 586 thousand in 2019, also a large increase in the number of workers from 2010. The number of nurses in the UK has also been increasing since 2010, standing at 661 thousand in 2019.

Impact of Brexit

Doctors who qualified in a country from the European Economic Area (EEA) took up a nine percent share of the total doctors registered in the UK in 2018. This is the lowest proportion since 2012, although the decline had started prior to the UK’s decision to leave the EU

Annual number of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2211).

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