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Rapid response to:


Making medical leadership more diverse

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 26 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n945

Rapid Response:

Re: Making medical leadership more diverse

Dear Editor
In 2003, Brooks, Lapsley and Butt (MJA 179: 206–208) showed that female doctors, over a lifetime, did 40% less work than their male cohort. Women now comprise 60% of graduates.
We now have a shortage of medical hands.
If the aim of medical schools is to produce sufficient working doctors, the demand for equality of admission runs contrary to that goal.
Shouldn't medical workforce facts be more important than idealistic theories of equity for females?

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 May 2021
Peter C Arnold OAM
Retired GP
Former Deputy President, New South Wales Medical Board; Chairman, Australian Medical Association
Sydney, Australia