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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16783: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how the number of whole-time equivalent (a) doctors and (b) nurses per head of population in Scotland compares with other OECD countries.

Answered by: Shona Robison 5 June 2018

The most recent OECD data available from 2016 (from which Scotland data has been extracted from UK data) shows that the number of doctors in Scotland per 1,000 of population is 3.2; and the number of nurses in Scotland per 1,000 of population is 11.9 (both headcount).

Comparative data for OECD countries can be found at the following link (this link defaults to Health Care Resources and should be tracked through to the sections respectively on Physicians; and on Nurses):

http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=SHA .