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.

MWF President awarded New Year’s Honours

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We are delighted to announce that our President, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List. It is a fantastic testament to her hard work and commitment to Addiction treatment and research that she has been recognised for such an honour.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She has worked for over twenty years at CNWL and is the current President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers, it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

Reacting to the news, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones said: “I am truly delighted to have received this OBE for my work in Addiction treatment and research having dedicated my entire professional life to this disease.

About 100 million people in the world suffer from alcohol use disorders and about 27 million people are opioid dependent. Many more are experiencing harm form other drugs and from behavioural addictions.

I would like to dedicate this award to the children of addicted parents in recognition of all the suffering they are experiencing and of the harm it has caused them. We will continue fighting this illness until science leads us to be able to prevent it.

Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to this Government for finally taking seriously the issue of Gambling Disorder and the harm it causes not just to problem gamblers but to their spouses and children.”


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