Women GPs outnumber men for first time

THE number of women working as GPs in Scotland has passed men for the first time, figures revealed yesterday.

The statistics showed that last year female GPs accounted for 50.7 per cent of Scotland's family doctors, up from 45.4 per cent in 2004.

General practice has become increasingly popular with female medics, with more family-friendly working arrangements allowing them to juggle work and home life.

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Yesterday's figures, from ISD Scotland, showed the biggest increase in the number of female GPs was in the 25-29 age group, but most female GPs were aged 40-44 and most male GPs were aged 50-54.

Public health minister Shona Robison said: "We welcome these figures, which show increasing numbers of GPs practising across Scotland and the increase in female GPs, which indicates that general practice can be an attractive career choice for women."