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Women docs 'outnumber men'

25th June 2007

The British Medical Association (BMA) says female doctors who have recently graduated outnumber men by nearly three to two.


A BMA poll of 435 doctors showed that 58% of doctors qualifying in 2006 were women. This figure represents a rise of 7% compared to results for 1995. The survey also found that one in five female doctors thought they would work part-time during their career, in contrast to one in 25 men.

Dr Jo Hilborne, chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, said: "The medical workforce is changing rapidly and the NHS needs to wake up to the needs of its staff.

"It's not just the fact that more and more women are entering medicine - all staff should have the right to work-life balance."

The BMA will make a call for more adaptable working hours at its annual conference in Torquay. It wants more money for training to enable junior doctors to work flexible hours.

The government has, as part of the European Working Time Directive which says by law junior doctors cannot work more than 58 hours, made a reduction in the time they can work. By 2009, the maximum number of hours will be 48.

80% of women and 50% of men thought they would take a break at some point in their career. The study also showed that age many doctors are qualifying is increasing - on average it is 27, in comparison to 24 in 1995.


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