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More flexible hours for women doctors called for

4th October 2011

The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh said the health service should offer more flexible working hours to women.

In the UK, the number of female doctors has increased by 37% since 2001 and 42% of doctors are women. Dr Alison Brown, chair of the RCPE's Less Than Full Time Working Group, and an NHS Consultant, said: "Previous lack of career flexibility within medicine, especially in the higher intensity specialties such as surgery or cardiology, led to many women limiting their career choices to those specialities where family-friendly working patterns were possible. As a result, there is now a real threat that talented female doctors within the NHS may be unable to continue in their chosen career once they have young children, and that females may be put off from applying to medical school."

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