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Eight in 10 CCGs led by men

3rd November 2011

Research by HSJ has indicated that most of emerging clinical commissioning groups are led by men.

Out of the 285 CCGs on strategic health authorities’ most recent lists, only 15% of the chairs or clinical lead roles are held by women, despite half of GPs being women and 75% of the NHS workforce being female.

In addition, more than half of the primary care trust cluster chief executives named in April were women.

Figures compiled by HSJ show that the Midlands is the area with the lowest number of women in key CCG roles.

Only two out of 32 named pathfinder lead GPs in the West Midlands are women (6%) and in the East Midlands it is 8% with only two out of 25 pathfinders led by women. In London, the level is 26%.

Royal College of GPs chair Clare Gerada expressed her disappointment and surprise at the figures and she hoped women were not being excluded from the posts.

She also warned that that high proportion of male leaders in the CCGs could have an impact on the areas of care they may focus on.

Dr Gerada suggested that one reason for the low proportion of women leaders was the dominance of men in medical politics and on local professional executive committees. In addition, women with children found it difficult to attend evening meetings, she said.

However, Bassetlaw Commissioning Organisation chair Dr Steve Kell said the low number of female CCG leads was as much about choice as anything else.


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