Brexit impact on doctors?
Doctors who graduated from a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) made up 8.5 percent of the total amount of licensed doctors in the UK in 2022. This represents the lowest share since 2012. However, the share started to decline before the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, so Brexit uncertainty may not be the only reason for the declining doctors from Europe. Doctors from Ireland make up the highest quantity of doctors from the EEA, followed by Romania.
Of the 376 thousand doctors registered in the United Kingdom in 2022, around 78.6 thousand are registered as general practitioners. In the last ten years the ratio of patients per GP practice has been deteriorating, indicating a stretch on the health service. In 2008, there was, on average, approximately 6.4 thousand patients to each GP practice in the UK, by 2017 this figure had climbed to over 7.6 thousand.