Auckland best for GPs per capita

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Last updated 15:41 27/11/2013

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Auckland is the best place for sick people as it has the highest concentration of GPs, a survey shows.

Geographic distribution of GPs varies widely, the New Zealand Medical Council 2012 workforce survey shows.

Auckland had the most GPs, with 106 for every 100,000 people, followed by Nelson/Marlborough with 100, and Wellington (Capital & Coast) with 99.

South Auckland (Counties-Manukau), Palmerston North (Mid Central) and the West Coast had almost half that proportion, with only 58 GPs per 100,000 people.

The council warned the data may not be precise, as doctors often worked in more than one location, but the survey allocated each doctor only to their nearest territorial local authority and DHB.

The number of active GPs appeared to drop from 3614 in 2011 to 3594.

However, that decline could possibly be explained by doctors shifting between categories in the survey, the council said.

NUMBER OF GPs (per 100,000 population)

Northland - 89

Waitemata - 69

Auckland - 106

Counties Manukau - 58

Waikato - 67

Bay of Plenty - 90

Taranaki - 63

Lakes - 92

Tairawhiti - 66

Whanganui - 88

Hawke's Bay - 86

Mid Central - 58

Wairarapa - 74

Hutt - 69

Capital and Coast - 99

Nelson/Marlborough - 100

West Coast - 58

Canterbury - 92

South Canterbury - 73

Otago - 94

Southland - 85

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