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Women doctors and their careers: what now?

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7518.696-a (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:696

Women contribute less than men to non-clinical care as general practitioners in Scotland

  1. Brian H McKinstry, Chief Scientist Office research fellow (brian.mckinstry@ed.ac.uk),
  2. Iain Colthart, research officer,
  3. Katy Elliot, administrator,
  4. Colin Hunter, national GP coordinator for primary care
  1. Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  2. NHS Education for Scotland, The Lister, Edinburgh EH8 9DR
  3. NHS Education for Scotland, Hanover Building, Edinburgh EH2 2NN

    EDITOR—Allen is rightly optimistic about women's current and future contribution to medicine.1 She also rightly emphasises the combined impact of the feminisation of general practice and part time working, which has implications not only for the delivery of services but also for the development of the specialty.

    The problem is probably worse than she portrays because the common definition of full time (> 26 h/week) is usually derived from government figures based on previous contract status. We conducted an anonymous survey …

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