UK doctor profile changes
- By: Rhona MacDonald
There are 67 000 hospital doctors, 33 000 general practitioners, and 3500 public health doctors working with a permanent contract in the United Kingdom, according to Medical and Dental Workforce Data.
These data have been compiled for the first time, by collating the monthly reports from Employing Doctors and Dentists, but the most recent UK figures are available only to September 1999.
The number of hospital doctors increased by 42% over the past decade, while the number of GPs increased by only 8%. In addition there was only a 7% increase in the number of women doctors over the past 10 years. A third of hospital doctors and GPs are women but only a fifth of medical consultants are women.
Women opt for and progress more effectively in some specialties than others. Public health is the most female dominated specialty: 65% of public health doctors are women, and women hold