Obituary: Dr Lotte Newman CBE (MWF Past President 1987-88)

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08 May 2019


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It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr Lotte Newman CBE PPRCGP died on Friday 26th April 2019 aged 90. She was Past President of the Medical Women’s Federation (1987-88), a champion of women’s roles and rights both as a doctor and patient in Primary Health Care nationally and internationally.

Her parents Tilly Meyer and George Neumann met in Frankfurt and both qualified as doctors. George had the foresight to travel to Glasgow (1933) and requalify as a doctor, to allow his wife, son, daughter and a cousin to travel to England in 1938 and escape the fate of many. She used to say "I remember the night we went. We were woken up, I presume it was after midnight, and dressed and told to be quiet and not make a noise and taken to the train. I don’t remember saying goodbye to anybody and I don’t remember all that much until we were on the train near the frontier and I presume it was a normal stop and my mother was taken off the train and then, I presume I was about eight, between seven and eight, and I was very conscious of the fear that my mother wouldn’t come back. I didn’t really quite know what it was all about." With her father established as a GP they avoided internment and started at a local school speaking little English. Two years later at 11 she had obtained a scholarship to North London Collegiate School. Lotte went to Birmingham and did a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Physiology thereafter qualifying at Westminster Medical School.

In 1968 Lotte and Tony Antoniou established The Abbey Medical Centre (an early primary care centre) in Abbey Road. Her NHS practice served patients in Kilburn, West Hampstead, St John’s Wood, Swiss Cottage and Hampstead and Lotte was at the helm for 45 years. She herself complained that as a woman there were only two options: “if you speak out you’re a shrieking harridan, if you keep quiet you’re a shrinking violet.”

She was the first 20th century female president of the Royal College of General Practitioner’s (RCGP), Vice-President of Wonca, Jewish Woman of the Year, Medical Director of St. John’s Ambulance, Board of Deputies rep for her schul, Past President of the Medical Women’s Federation (1987-88), and a Board member of AXAPPP.

Newman attributed her remarkable success to “luck, very good support from my family, being prepared to be unpopular at times – and always being at least as well prepared as the men at meetings!”

Press Release: MWF responds to Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review interim findings

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29 March 2019

Press Release 29/03/2019 – Gender Pay Gap Review in Medicine

The Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) welcomes the interim findings of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review published today by the Department of Health and Social Care, which the MWF is contributing to as a key stakeholder.

The interim findings confirm that male doctors in the NHS earn 17% more, on average, than their female peers.

The review’s initial findings confirm that:

  • the general practice gender pay gap is 33% – far higher than the average in medicine

  •  women are not yet represented in equal proportions in senior medical grades – there are nearly 32,000 male consultants to 18,000 female

  • two-thirds of doctors in training grades are women, but within consultant grades this drops to under half

  • women are over-represented in lower-paid specialties, such as public health and occupational health, but under-represented in the highest-paying specialties, such as urology and surgery

  • there is variation across medical specialties, with male-dominated specialties such as urology showing a higher gender pay gap

The Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review, led by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, is the largest examination of gender pay data conducted in the public sector, and was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care in April 2018 to advise on action to deliver improved gender equality in the NHS.

The figures highlight that, despite recent progress on gender pay, there is still a long way to go to close the pay gap.

Commenting on the release of the interim findings, MWF President Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones said:

“Finally, a high-quality study has been able to identify the specific factors that have led to a 17% gender pay gap in medicine. Our task now is to tackle each one of these from a national perspective to give female doctors the opportunity of closing that gap not only within their own working environment but across the whole country”.

The Medical Women’s Federation will continue to work alongside other key stakeholders to support the development of actionable recommendations to address underlying causes of these disparities. 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.

Dr Sally Davies, MWF Past President, said:

“MWF welcomes and is proud to be part of this extensive review, which will improve transparency about those factors contributing to the pay differential in medicine. The full report will cast more light on the gender pay gap and provide evidenced recommendations on how to address it”.


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

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.

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International Women's Day 2019: #BalanceForBetter

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08 March 2019

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Happy International Women’s Day 2019!

This year's theme is #BalanceForBetter. It's a theme that recognises that gender diversity and equality will drive a better world and that we must continue to strive for this, not only on International Women’s Day but every day.

Drawing on this year’s theme, we spoke to inspirational women in medicine to see how barriers in the medical profession are being broken and asked them share to their advice to the next generation of aspiring medical leaders. Here's what we learned.

We are inviting everyone to Tweet and share their stories of inspirational #MedWomen with #SheInspiresMe to join a global celebration of their impact.


The Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) is a supportive and inspiring network for medical women at all career stages. For more information and details on how to join, please click here.

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