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Number of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2020

In 2020 there were approximately 297.7 thousand medical practitioners in employment in the United Kingdom (UK). This is an overall increase from 2010 when there were 227 thousand practitioners in the UK. Between these years the number of medical practitioners has experienced some fluctuations.

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 8.9 percent share of the total doctors registered in the UK in 2019. 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 2020

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.
Data is as of March in each year.
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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