UK has fewer doctors per person than most of EU

THE UK has fewer doctors per person than almost all other European countries, new figures reveal.

Health groups and unions last night branded the situation “extremely worrying” and urged the Government to “get a grip” on staffing levels.

It comes as figures produced by the European Commission show the UK has 2.71 practising doctors for every 1,000 people.

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It puts us 24th in the league table of 27 European nations – behind some of the poorest countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia and Latvia.

Only Poland, Romania and Slovenia have fewer doctors per head.

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BBC Radio 5 live Drive programme on the OpenWorld News investigation into sex offender doctors

Listen to Peter Allen on BBC Radio 5 live Drive discuss our investigation into sex offender doctors, and the reaction of the General Medical Council.

The 31 doctors still licensed to practise despite being sex offenders – because banning them would breach their human rights

You need to have complete trust in your doctor.  They treat people at their most vulnerable, are provided with the most sensitive details, and often see their patients at their most exposed.

So could your GP or hospital doctor be a sex offender?  Well, surprisingly, yes.

The information we obtained, published today in the Daily Mail, reveals 31 doctors are still licensed to work, despite being convicted of sex offences.  These include … Read more →

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