Number of general practitioners per 1,000 population

This chart shows the number of GPs per 1000 of the population in the four UK countries, and North East England.


Published: 11/04/2014

This interactive chart compares the number of GPs (whole-time equivalent) per 1,000 of the population in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the North East of England, which is used as a comparator. The date range is 1996 to 2011, except for Scotland, where these data are only available for 2009–11.

For further information about the sources of the data used in this chart, download the report's appendix.

The chart shows that England, Wales and Northern Ireland had similar rates of 0.6 per 1,000 population until the early 2000s, but between 2002 and 2009 there was an increase in England to 0.7, followed by a slight fall. In 2011, there were about 0.7 GPs per 1,000 population in Scotland and England, and 0.6 in Wales; and North East England had the highest rate.

Comparing this with an accompanying chart shows that North East England had a higher rate than Scotland in whole-time equivalent GPs, but Scotland had a higher rate than North East England in headcount.

The chart is in the Nuffield Trust/Health Foundation report, The four health systems of the United Kingdom: How do they compare?, which analyses the performance of the NHS in the four countries of the UK. The research compares the health outcomes and resources for, and the outputs and performance of, the countries before and after devolution.

Other charts from this series that show staffing numbers are: