Distribution of GPs in Scotland by age, gender and deprivation

Scott Med J. 2015 Nov;60(4):214-9. doi: 10.1177/0036933015606592. Epub 2015 Sep 23.


General practice in the UK is widely reported to be in crisis, with particular concerns about recruitment and retention of family doctors. This study assessed the distribution of GPs in Scotland by age, gender and deprivation, using routinely available data. We found that there are more GPs (and fewer patients per GP) in the least deprived deciles than there are in the most deprived deciles. Furthermore, there are a higher proportion of older GPs in the most deprived deciles. There are also important gender differences in the distribution of GPs. We discuss the implications of these findings for policymakers and practitioners.

Keywords: General practice; inequality; recruitment; retention; workforce.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Career Choice
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • General Practice* / organization & administration
  • General Practitioners / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel Selection / organization & administration*
  • Poverty Areas
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Workforce