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The gender pay gap: female doctors still earn a third less than male doctors

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 28 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1967
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Across all employment sectors in the UK, female workers earn less than their male counterparts. This gender pay gap has continued despite repeated efforts to tackle the underlying factors.

In medicine, even though nationally agreed salary scales should eliminate the effects of individuals negotiating their own pay, the pay gap is wider than in other professions and employment sectors. Data from the Office for National Statistics …

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