Press Release: Gender Pay Gap Review in Medicine

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28 May 2018

Press Release 28/05/2018 – Gender Pay Gap Review in Medicine

 

The Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) welcomes the health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt's announcement of an independent review, chaired by Professor Jane Dacre, on how to reduce and eliminate the gender pay gap in the medical profession.

The overarching aims of the proposed review are to identify the causes of the gender pay gap in medicine and, from that evidence, develop a series of relevant and implementable recommendations.

Among other key objectives, the review will directly consider the drivers behind the gap and the obstacles that stop a female doctor progressing her NHS career in the same way as male counterparts, including:

  • Working patterns and their impact on those in the medical profession;

  • Impact of motherhood on careers and progression;

  • Care arrangements and their affordability, and issues around being a carer;

  • Access to flexible working;

  • Shared parental leave, identify factors that are resulting in a slow uptake;

  • The predominance of men in senior roles;

  • The impact of Clinical Excellence Awards;

  • Geographical issues; and

  • An analysis of lifetime gender pay differences and the gender pensions gap.

70 years after the NHS’ foundation there persists a 15% gender pay gap among doctors. Women have always played a central role in the medical profession and over half of medical graduates in recent years are female. It is vital for existing and future generations of doctors that hardworking NHS staff are rewarded fairly and equally for their work, regardless of gender.

In 2006 data published by the BMA and Medical Women’s Federation indicated there was a 13% gender pay gap for consultants. Recent figures obtained by the BBC from health trusts, the Government and NHS Digital showed that just five out of the 100 top-earning NHS consultants in England are female, despite women making up a third of the total workforce. The figures highlight that, despite recent progress on gender pay, there is still a long way to go to close the pay gap.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, MWF President, said:

The Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) welcomes the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s announcement of an independent review on how to reduce and eliminate the current gender pay gap of 15% in the medical profession. The aims of the review are to identify the causes of this gender pay gap taking a whole career approach and, from that evidence, develop a series of relevant and implementable recommendations. We look forward to contributing to this important national work."

The MWF will work alongside other key stakeholders to support the development of relevant and implementable recommendations. The MWF maintains a commitment to supporting women doctors in reaching their full potential by providing networking, leadership and mentoring opportunities, as well as campaigning for quality flexible working opportunities in the profession.

Dr Sally Davies, MWF Past President, said:

“The gender pay gap in Medicine continues and the current gap of 15% is similar to the 13% published in 2006 by the MWF and BMA. There are recognised factors, such as the impact of children on career and salary progression, and it is hoped that the independent review will cast more light on the unidentified issues perpetuating the difference. MWF as a key stakeholder is committed to the review and the identification of actionable recommendations.”

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The Medical Women's Federation was founded in 1917 and is today the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK.

MWF aims to:

    • Promote the personal and professional development of women in medicine

    • Improve the health of women and their families in society

MWF consistently works to change discriminatory attitudes and practices. MWF provides a unique network of women doctors in all branches of the profession, and at all stages from medical students to senior consultants. We aim to achieve real equality by providing practical, personal help from members who know the hurdles and have overcome them.

For further information please contact:

Medical Women's Federation, Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HX.

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Guest Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

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18 May 2018

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The Medical Women’s Federation kicked off Mental Health Awareness week in the afterglow of a magnificent May meeting in Cardiff. As an active MWF member for over 25 years, I can vouch for it as a purposeful and integrated network of women doctors that remains progressively relevant in todays' medical working climate. As medical women we have tremendous power to change lives - not just ours, but our family’s, our society’s and that of our patients’. The function of MWF as a supportive network is in keeping with the Personal Wellbeing Networks, which is highlighted in this month’s British Journal of Psychiatry as increasing our social capital and improving even severe mental illness.

While mental health illnesses can affect both sexes, it is well known that some are more common in women, such as mood disorders and eating disorders being clear examples. Depression will rate as one of the major burdens of healthcare in the 2020's and yet the provision of mental health services remains a postcode lottery. Whilst applauding 'mental health awareness', this initiative needs to be matched with an equivalent sustainable provision of service, as mental health resources remain consistently underfunded. Child and Adolescent services are one of the most neglected. Self-harm in girls is increasing, as are eating disorders. Netflix was condemned this week for airing a series glamourising teenage suicide in the exam season when this phenomenon peaks.

Research undertaken by the Mental Health Foundation has found that 74% of adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. The percentage was even higher among women and those aged between 18 to 24 years old. 47,000 people were detained under the Mental Health Act last year, a massive increase over the past 5 years. This is due to shortcomings, particularly lack of beds and consistently underfunded care in the community and social care. This contributes to the enormous burden that is placed on families in wider society, and as dementia increases with longevity, women will be most affected, as we live, on average 5 years longer than men. Women are the primary care givers looking after children for up to 17 years and then spending up to another 17 years looking after parents.

Women in a quarter of the UK are still missing out on vital maternal mental health services. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance has produced a series of maps which show current specialist perinatal mental health provision for women across the UK. Mother and baby facilities are disparate throughout the UK, mainly concentrated in the South, even though the need to expand geographically has been highlighted to the Department of Health. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Perinatal Mental Health service at the South London and Maudsley Trust and highlighted that women's health services must be prioritised.

The MWF harbours a wealth of expertise, as Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, our newly inaugurated President, is an internationally renowned expert within the field. Dr Bowden-Jones appeared on BBC Breakfast this week to speak on the new announcement that gambling machines fixed bets will be reduced to £2 instead of £100. Dr Roz Ramsey, former MWF Honorary Secretary, has just coedited a book – ‘The Female Mind: a user's guide’ - which examines how gender affects mental health.

As medical women we have tremendous power to change lives - not just ours, but our family’s, our society’s and that of our patients’. There are integral factors that women face in the modern medical life, including pregnancy, work-life balance, pressures on the NHS, along with increasingly working in isolation. The recent edition of Medical Woman - 'The Flexible Issue' - is a marvellous read that explores a variety of these important areas, such as coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and articles on labour, stress, and work-life balance. Members of MWF receive our bi-annual publications of Medical Woman, and I highly recommend this issue to all.

Our inclusivity, mutual encouragement and mentoring of younger members, whilst promoting career progression and getting our message across, ensures MWF safeguards against and acts as the perfect antidote to stress.

If you are not yet a member of the largest body of women doctors in the UK, click here to join us today!

 

Dr Amanda Owen is the MWIA National Co-Ordinator and a Retired Psychiatrist.

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Join our Trustee Team on the MWF Council!

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19 March 2018

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We are inviting nominations for Council Members to take office
for three year terms of office.
 

Council members are needed in East Midlands, Welsh Standing Committee Chair,  Scottish Eastern (Scottish Standing Committee) and North East Regions.

The most important factor is to be able to attend the 2 council meetings per year in November and May which follow the MWF National Conferences. Please see the trustees’ job description. The positions are open to all qualified members and we would very much like to encourage enthusiastic members to apply.

This is an excellent opportunity to be a key member of the MWF and we hope you enjoy participating in the experience of being a Trustee.

Nominees must be proposed and seconded (by an MWF Member) using the nomination form here. Send a typed CV – 1 side A4 maximum stating name, brief career resume, MWF membership and service and a brief personal statement (200 words maximum) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for applications: Noon on Sunday 22nd July 2018.

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The Medical Women's Federation was founded in 1917 and is today the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK.

MWF aims to:

  • Promote the personal and professional development of women in medicine

  • Improve the health of women and their families in society

MWF consistently works to change discriminatory attitudes and practices. MWF provides a unique network of women doctors in all branches of the profession, and at all stages from medical students to senior consultants. We aim to achieve real equality by providing practical, personal help from members who know the hurdles and have overcome them.

 

 

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