Several MWF members formed part of the Working Group for the 2009 CMO report 'Women Doctors: Making a Difference'. The report recommends tax relief on childcare, an effective Childcare Coordinator in every Trust, and better internet resources to provide local information on childcare, emergency cover etc.
The perspective of the father, and his potential contribution to the sustenance of his wife's career and the welfare of his children, are rarely considered. The major burden of childcare for the foreseeable future will fall on the mother, but the key issue (for parents and administrators) is that the period of intensive childcare is limited, and, once complete, both careers can proceed at full pace. There should be a debate about work and family life but if it focuses mainly on mothers, then that in itself is part of the problem.