STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

‘More doctors than ever’ coming to UK from Europe

There are “more doctors than ever” coming to work in Britain from Europe, says the General Medical Council. Southern Europe now provides more doctors than South Asia to the UK, which was previously the main source. The GMC said the tightening of immigration rules for people outside the continent could explain the change. In an annual report the regulator also said more women were working in “traditionally male” areas such as surgery and emergency medicine. It said the profession would soon have equal numbers of men and women.

In total, the number of doctors coming to Britain from overseas increased 8% from 5,204 in 2008 to 5,619 in 2013. Of these, in 2008, 18% were from southern Europe and 28% from South Asia. This changed to 33% from southern Europe and 20% from South Asia in 2013. Overall there were 259,650 doctors in the UK in 2013.

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