NATIONALLY, Spain has an average of 4.7 doctors and 5.5 nurses per thousand inhabitants.
The number of doctors and registered nurses continues to grow in Spain and there are already 247,974 doctors and 291,848 nurses, an increase of 2.1 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively compared to 2016.
That’s according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which began to collate figures on the number of doctors and nurses in 1952.
The largest increases in the medical professions have been observed in physicians, dietician nutritionists, occupational therapists, dental technicians and physiotherapists.
Figures show that the health world is largely dominated by female workers with speech therapists having the highest percentage of women, being 93.8 per cent of the total.
Over 91 per cent of occupational therapists are women along with 87.8 per cent of nutritional dieticians.
However men dominate the fields of dentistry, specialist physicians and doctors. Taking into account the number of professionals active in relation to the population, Madrid has the highest rate of doctors with 5.9 doctors per thousand citizens, followed by Aragon (5.5 per thousand) and Navarre (5.4), which also has the highest rate of nurses at 8.6 per thousand inhabitants, followed by Madrid (6.8) and Cantabria (6.3).
Andalucia has the lowest rate of nurses in relation to the population with just four per thousand inhabitants, followed by Murcia with 4.2.