MWF Response to Equality Impact Assessment

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01 April 2016

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MWF are disappointed and dismayed by the Equality Analysis undertaken by the Department of Health on the proposed junior doctor contract, released yesterday. This contract is to be imposed upon doctors in training in England from August 2016.

The analysis acknowledges that changes in the contract will disadvantage women particularly those training part time, carers and lone parents. However it states, "any indirect adverse effect which may occur is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim".

MWF are concerned about suggestions in the analysis that women doctors who are mothers need to seek informal childcare for the increased number of evenings and Saturdays worked. This particularly affects many doctors, predominantly women, without local family and support. Junior doctors are entitled under the Human Rights Act to a family life and under their educational contract to specialty training enabling career progression and adequate preparation for professional examinations.

The spreading of a limited number of junior doctors more thinly across seven days is not going to achieve safer care or improved training of our future specialists. It is more likely to result in women doctors stepping into specialties with less acute commitment, moving out of training or leaving medicine.

You can read the equality analysis and the family test of the new contract here. 

New Gender Pay Gap Report from the Women and Equalities Committee

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31 March 2016



A new report from the Women and Equalities Committee reveals that the gender pay gap has barely improved in the past four years. MWF was one of a select few asked to provide oral evidence to the committee in January 2016.

The inquiry into the gender pay gap highlights that women over 40 are most likely to be affected with the gap widening further for those aged 50-59 to 27.3%. The evidence suggests that this trend will continue unless action is taken to actively tackle the causes of this inequality. The full report can be read here.

UPDATE: Response from NHS Employers

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17 February 2016

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UPDATE: Please click here to see the response from NHS Employers to our letter

In light of the recent decision by Jeremy Hunt to impose the new contract on Junior Doctors, MWF President Dr Sally Davies has written to NHS Employers. Please see the letter below. 


Bill McMillan
Assistant Director
Medical Pay and Workforce
NHS Employers
2 Brewery Wharf
Kendell Street
Leeds LS10 1JR

16th February 2016

Dear Mr McMillan,

I am writing as President of the Medical Women’s Federation to express our concern at the imposition of the Junior Doctor Contract from August 2016. Exact details of the contract are unclear at present and our members are worried that the contract will discriminate against those who take breaks for maternity leave, ill health or disability, as well as those who work less than full time.

At this time of great uncertainty and low morale within the profession, we seek your confirmation that an Equality Impact Assessment of the new contract has been undertaken, if not please can you assure that it will be done soon.

We are looking forward to your prompt reply.

 Yours sincerely,

Sally Signature



Dr Sally J Davies
MWF President 




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