I stumbled on some interesting information about the number of doctors in various countries, what shocked me most was the releative low number of doctors in the UK to similar sized developed countries.

If you look at the image below you can see the UK has significantly fewer doctors than France or Germany which are similar sized countries.

From Anatomy of a Doctor info.

UK 133,000
France 207,000
Germany 284,000

Considering the UK has the NHS which is a free at the point of use health service why does the UK have so few doctors relative to Germany and France?