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Report says workforce planning must accommodate part time working for female doctors

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2252
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Workforce planning for doctors in the NHS must take account of female doctors’ preference for part time or other forms of flexible working, recommends a report published this week.

    The Royal College of Physicians commissioned the report in response to the rapid rise in the number of women entering the medical profession at undergraduate level.

    More than half (57%) of all new medical students are female. The number of women entering medical school has increased 10-fold since the early 1960s. The number of men has only doubled over this time. If current trends continue, most GPs will be women by 2013, and most of all doctors after 2017.

    “The …

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