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Why do female doctors earn £1 for men’s £1.17?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 28 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2312

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Gender pay gap in England’s NHS: little progress since last year

  1. Tom Moberly, UK editor, The BMJ
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A lack of women in leadership is one factor driving the medical gender pay gap, an ongoing review suggests. Tom Moberly asks how that could be tackled

The pay gap between men and women is worse among doctors than in the NHS as a whole.1 A review of the gender pay gap in UK medicine, led by Jane Dacre, former president of the Royal College of Physicians, is due to be published in September. But interim findings released in March showed an average gap of 17% in favour of men—that is, on average male doctors earnt £1.17 for every £1 earnt by female doctors.2

At the Royal College of Physicians’ conference in Manchester in April, Dacre said that the review had uncovered barriers to women’s progression in medical careers, including a bullying culture and difficulties in achieving part-time working. Her review makes use of interviews and surveys sent to 40 000 doctors, as well as …

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