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Registration statistics

This page contains statistical information about doctors on the List of Registered Medical Practitioners (LRMP), the General Practitioners (GP) Register and the Specialist Register. The statistics are updated on a monthly basis and were last updated on 3 July 2017.

The LRMP contains details of doctors registered to practise medicine in the United Kingdom. The GP Register contains a list of doctors who are registered to practise as General Practitioners in the United Kingdom. The Specialist Register is a register of doctors who are eligible to work as substantive, fixed term or honorary consultants in the health service in the UK. To work as a GP or consultant doctors must be registered on the GP/Specialist Register as well as the LRMP. Doctors must also have a licence to practise in order to perform the duties of a doctor and treat patients. More information about registration and licensing can be found within The Medical Register and Licensing sections of the website.

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Below is a list of all the tables and charts available. These are separated into the current statistics and those covering the period of 2007 to 2016.

Current Statistics

Registration status on the LRMP

Registration status No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Full registration 232,708 82.7%

191,680

80.9%
Full registration in an Approved Practice Setting* 40,461 14.4% 36,948 15.6%
Provisional registration 8,187 2.9% 8,124 3.4%
Temporary full registration for special purpose registrations**

50

0.0% 50 0.0%
Visiting EEA registration*** 34 0.0% 34

0.0%

Total doctors registered on LRMP 281,440 100.0% 236,836 100.0%

*Approved practice settings (APS) are organisations approved by the GMC as suitable for doctors who are new to full registration, or returning to the medical register after a prolonged absence.

**Special purpose registration allows doctors to be registered for a temporary period in order to treat non-UK nationals within the UK. This includes visiting eminent specialists.

***Visiting EEA registration refers to doctors who are European Economic Area nationals wishing to work in the UK temporarily. They are registered through a fast track process and placed on the visiting EEA practitioners list. 

Doctors on the GP and Specialist Registers

Register* No. of doctors % No. of doctors licensed %
Specialist Register 90,310 33.2% 75,291 31.8%
GP Register 67,657 24.0% 60,827 25.8%
Total no. of doctors on LRMP 281,440 100.0% 236,836 100.0%

*Please note that doctors can be registered on both the Specialist or GP Registers.

Not all doctors are on the Specialist or GP Registers

Doctors by gender for each register

LRMP Specialist Register GP Register
Gender No. of doctors % No. of doctors % No. of doctors %
Man 153,303 54.5% 59,564 66.0% 32,350 47.8%
Woman 128,137 45.5% 30,746 34.0% 35,307 52.2%
Total

281,440

100.0% 90,310 100.0% 67,657 100.0%

Doctors by age group

Age group No. of doctors %
<= 24 2,494 1.0%
25-34 75,400 26.8%
35-44 83,695 29.7%
45-54 63,272

22.5%

55-64 39,304 14.0%
65 and over 17,275 6.1%
Grand total 281,440

100.0%

We do not hold date of birth information for a small number of doctors. Where a doctors date of birth is null, we have used an age proxy. This age proxy assumes that the doctor was 24 at the time they passed/were awarded their PMQ.

Doctors by World Region of Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ)

The World Region of PMQ refers to the region in which a doctor gained their initial qualification and therefore does not necessarily reflect the nationality of the doctor.

PMQ World Region No. of doctors % No. of GPs % No. of Specialists %
EEA (excluding UK) 30,983 11.0% 4,116 6.1% 15,414 17.1%
International 73,081 26.0% 11,014 16.3% 22,534 25.0%
UK 177,376 63.0% 52,527 77.6% 52,362 58.0%
Total 281,440 100.0% 67,657 100.0% 90,310 100.00%

 

Top 20 countries of qualification

PMQ country No. of doctors %
United Kingdom 177,376 63.0%
India 25,342 9.0%
Pakistan 11,009 3.9%
South Africa 5,079 1.8%
Nigeria 4,765 1.7%
Ireland 4,210 1.5%
Greece 3,907 1.4%
Egypt 3,807 1.4%
Italy 3,790 1.3%
Germany 3,138 1.1%
Romania 2,635 0.9%
Sri Lanka  2,523 0.9%
Iraq 2,442 0.9%
Poland 2,226 0.8%
Australia 2,040 0.7%
Sudan 1,907 0.7%
Spain 1,734 0.6%
Hungary 1,528 0.5%
Czech Republic 1,335 0.5%
Bangladesh 1,027 0.4%
Total 261,820 93.0%

Top 20 specialties

Please note that doctors with more than one speciality will be counted within each speciality and therefore will have been counted more than once. 

Specialty Rank No. of doctors % of Specialist Register
Anaesthetics 1 11,832 11.4%
General (internal) medicine 2 11,117 10.7%
Paediatrics 3 6,547 6.3%
General psychiatry 4 5,925 5.8%
Clinical radiology 5 5,541 5.4%
General surgery 6 5,099 4.9%
Obstetrics and gynaecology 7 4,710 4.5%
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 8

4,589

4.4%
Ophthalmology 9 2,791 2.7%
Cardiology 10 2,580 2.5%
Histopathology 11 2,217 2.1%
Gastroenterology 12 2,079 2.0%
Respiratory medicine 13 2,021 2.0%
Haematology 14

1,632

1.6%
Emergency medicine 15 1,631 1.6%
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus 16 1,582 1.5%
Child and adolescent psychiatry 17 1,559 1.5%
Old age psychiatry 18 1,534 1.5%
Urology 19 1,522 1.5%
Otolaryngology 20 1,487 1.4%
Total - 77,995 75.3%

Doctors by ethnicity level 1 and 2

Ethnic origin Ethnic origin - Level 2 No. of doctors %
Asian or Asian British
Bangladeshi

1,862

0.7%
Chinese 5,771 2.1%
Indian 34,287 12.2%
Pakistani 13,225 4.7%

Any other Asian background

10,489 3.7%
Unspecified 30 0.0%
Black or Black British African 8,459 3.0%
Caribbean 695 0.2%
Any other Black background 540 0.2%
Unspecified 17 0.0%
Mixed White and Asian 2,016 0.7%
White and Black African 917 0.3%
White and Black Caribbean 341 0.1%
Any other mixed background 2,396 0.9%
Unspecified 0 0.0%
Not stated Not stated 4,895 1.7%
Other Ethnic Groups
Arab 2,470 0.9%
Any other ethnic group 5,814 2.0%
Unspecified 23 0.0%
Unspecified Unspecified 39,661 14.1%
White British 110,890

39.4%

Irish 6,140 2.2%
Any other White background 30,415 10.8%
Unspecified 89 0.0%
Grand Total 281,440 100.0%

Historical Statistics

Registered doctors each year from 2007 - 2016

The figures shown are the number of doctors registered on the 31 December for each year.

 Number of doctors on the LRMP per year from 2007 to 2016

Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2007 - 2016

 Doctors added to the LRMP each year from 2007 to 2016

Doctors on the GP Register each year from 2007 - 2016

  Doctors on the GPs register each year from 2007 to 2016

Doctors on the Specialist Register each year from 2007 - 2016

  Doctors on the specialist register each year from 2007 to 2016

Doctors by gender from 2007 - 2016

  Doctors by gender for 2007 to 2016

Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2007 - 2016

  Doctors by World Region of PMQ for 2007 to 2016

Doctors added to the LRMP by World Region of PMQ for 2007 - 2016

 Doctors added to the register by World Region of PMQ 2007 to 2016