General practitioners employees in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2018

In 2018, there were over 49.5 thousand general practitioners (GP) in the United Kingdom (UK), this figure has been slightly decreasing since a peak of 50.6 employed GPs in 2014. Although the number of GPs in the UK went through a significant increase between 2000 and 2009.

Visiting the doctor 

In 2018, a survey of British individuals showed that 66 percent of respondents consult with a physician at least once a year. Furthermore, 24 percent of those will see their doctor three times or more in a year. On the other hand, 21 percent said they visit a physician less often than once a year. In countries such as France and Spain there is a higher share of people consulting a physician at least once a year.

Comparisons with other European nations

France had the highest total number of practicing GPs in Europe in 2017 with over 60.2 thousand, followed by Germany who had 58.3 thousand GPs practicing in this year. The UK has the third highest number of practicing GPs in Europe.

Number of general practitioners employed in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2018

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Break in series.
** Estimated.
*** Provisional.

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