I stumbled across an article about the Speech-Language Pathologist shortage in the UK (United Kingdom). What stuck out for me was that there is estimated to be only 10,000 SLPs and 2,500,000 people in need of speech therapy!! The article was from 2005, but I suspect the situation has gotten worse. It goes to show you that the shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists isn't only a North American Problem.
You can read the article here
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)