The UK and the US have one of the least doctors of all developed countries in the world, according to a report.
With just 2.8 and 2.6 doctors for every 1,000 people, the UK and US health services are poorer than countries such as Costa Rica, Russia and Lithuania.
Greece has the most doctors, with 6.1 per 1,000 people, while Austria, Portugal, Norway and Lithuania are also among the highest.
In a broader report comparing developed countries around the world, Indonesia, India and South Africa were the worst, with not even a doctor for every 1,000.
Experts said the shortage of healthcare staff & # 39; not new & # 39; was for countries in the report, and the number of doctors is declining as older generations of doctors with insufficient young replacements retire.
A report from the OECD economic organization revealed that Greece, Austria and Portugal had the best manned health services, while Indonesia, India and South Africa were the worst off – the UK and US stood at the bottom of the table
The figures were based on 2017 data published today in the Health at a Glance 2019 report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The OECD is an international organization with 36 member states and studies the economies and populations of developed countries.
& # 39; Concerns about health worker shortages are not new … but these concerns have grown in many countries, especially since the & # 39; baby boom & # 39; generation doctors and nurses are starting to retire, & # 39; read the report.
& # 39; Over the past decade, concerns about the aging medical workforce have led many OECD countries to increase the number of students in medical & nursing education programs.
WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE THE MOST DOCTORS?
- Greece (6.1 doctors per 1,000 patients)
- Austria (5.2)
- Portugal (5)
- Norway (4.7)
- Lithuania (4.6)
- Switzerland (4.3)
- Germany (4.3)
- Sweden (4.1)
- Russia (4)
- Denmark (4)
WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE THE FESTIVAL DOCTORS?
- Indonesia (0.3 doctors per 1,000 patients)
- India (0.8)
- South Africa (0.8)
- Brazil (1.8)
- Turkey (1.9)
- China (2)
- Colombia (2.1)
- South Korea (2.3)
- Poland (2.4)
- Mexico (2.4)
& # 39; Although some countries, such as Australia, already see the benefits of previous increases in places for medical education, the long duration of medical training means that it will take a decade or more before the impact of the increasing influx into medical education felt. & # 39;
The average number of doctors per 1,000 people in the population was 3.5 for the countries in the report.
More countries fell below average than above, including some of & # 39; the world's most powerful countries in the US, Canada, UK, France, Japan, and China.
Canada was on par with the UK and the US with 2.7, while Australia had more than average with 3.7.
The researchers said: & # 39; Worries about health worker shortages are not new … but these concerns have grown in many countries, especially now that the "baby boom" generation of doctors and nurses is retiring & # 39; (stock image)
HOW DOES NHS TRY MORE DOCTORS?
- Healthcare revealed last year that it would offer physicians working in Australia a £ 18,500 bonus if they moved to the UK to work for the NHS. Reportedly, a recruitment campaign attempted to persuade doctors to move to the land of Harry Potter, Manchester United, and William Shakespeare.
- NHS has set up a scheme to recruit 2,000 GPs from abroad by encouraging doctors in other countries to apply in the NHS. But only 34 were recruited between 2015 and February this year.
- Trainee general practitioners offered a & # 39; golden hello & # 39; bonus of £ 20,000 if they take a job in hard-to-fill jobs. Young doctors must commit to work for at least three years in areas with conspicuous deficits, including Hull, Plymouth, Lancaster and rural parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire.
- Matt Hancock suggested that the tax-free pension ceiling could be lifted to try to convince more existing GPs to work in their 60s. Currently, doctors have to pay taxes on retirement savings of more than £ 1 million, but this amount can be increased.
The United Kingdom is in 30th place out of 44 and is known to be in the midst of a GP crisis.
Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, told MailOnline: & This research is even more evidence of the number one problem currently facing the NHS: a lack of staff.
& # 39; The pressure on medical professionals to provide quality care to patients when there is simply not enough staff makes the NHS nod.
& # 39; Our own research has shown that almost half of the advertised consultant posts are not filled due to a lack of suitable applicants.
& # 39; Over the past 2 years, the RCP has called for a doubling of medical school places – the OECD report is robust proof that this is needed. & # 39;
Figures released in August have shown that the NHS has lost nearly 600 GPs in the last year.
Almost as many GPs left health care between June 2018 and June 2019 as in the full three years until March.
In addition to overburdened patient lists, physician numbers have been hit by a row of pension rules, meaning NHS employees are facing heavy and & # 39; unfair & # 39; taxes once they have saved a certain amount.
This has led some to cut their hours to keep their pension contributions low and possibly even to early retirement, trade unions have said.
And many age and leave the staff with too few younger doctors to replace them.
The NHS is now thought to be missing around 100,000 staff, including doctors and nurses, and a government commitment to hire 5,000 between 2015 and 2020 has failed because the number has fallen since the promise was made.
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