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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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More than half of Scottish doctors are women, data reveals

Scotland has more women GPs than men for the first time in its history, new data have shown.

In 2009, women made up 50.7% of the profession, with the total number of family doctors rising to 4,941, from 4,456 in 2004.

There has also been a significant increase in proportion of trainee GPs, but no figures showed whether the equivalent number of fulltime doctors had grown as well.

Part-time positions have become more common in recent years, partly because many women wish to reduce their hours after having children, so it may be that a higher number of doctors does not lead to more GP availability.

"It is important that we measure numbers of whole-time equivalent staff because that is relevant in terms of planning," said a British Medical Association in Scotland spokeswoman.

Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Ross Finnie said: "The large increase in the number of GPs could make a real difference to patient care, if doctors are targeted to patient need."

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