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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2800

Female GPs now outnumber male counterparts

Female GPs now outnumber their male counterparts, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.

In September 2013 there were 40 236 GPs working in the UK: 20 435 women and 19 801 men. This total figure represents 36 294 full time equivalent GPs, an increase of 20.6% since 2003 and an increase of 1.2% since 2012.

“This is the first year female GP numbers have been greater than their male counterparts,” the HSCIC report said. From 2003 to 2013 the number of female GPs rose by 50.9%, whereas the number of male GPs decreased by 1.1%. Despite women making up the majority of the GP workforce, in September 2013 only 40.9% of GP partners were women.

The HSCIC figures also show that there were 41 220 consultants in the UK in September 2013, an increase of 43% since 2003, and 54 576 hospital doctors in training, an increase of 46% since 2003. ( …

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