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Women play an increasingly important role in the medical workforce 

UK medical workforce by gender:

  • 45 per cent of doctors in the UK are female; however there is a wide range depending on the grade of doctor. 

  • 32 per cent of consultants are female compared to 54 per cent of training grade doctors

  • General practice has a higher proportion of women compared to hospital medicine both at the career grade level and at the speciality training/registrar group level; however, within general practice 40 per cent of contractor GPs are female compared to 68 per cent of salaried GPs.

Data compiled by the BMA’s Health Policy and Economic Research Unit (HPERU) from the latest UK medical workforce statistics (2011).

Despite this:

  • women doctors are significantly under-represented in some specialities, particularly surgery
  • there are very few women in senior clinical academic positions eg Deans of Medical Schools
  • women doctors are under-represented in key medico-political roles


Women and Pay

There is still an overall pay gap between men and women in medicine. The reasons for this are complex, and may involve choice of working full time or LTFT, and whether private work is done. There is no evidence that women are paid less than men in general practice.


Read Anita Holdcroft's report 'The Pay Gap fo Women in Medicine and Academic Medicine' here.


Medical Women's Federation
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Tavistock Square, London,
Tel: 020 7387 7765

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