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.
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.