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Nine in 10 female doctors in UK have experienced sexism at work, says BMA

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 26 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2123
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Most doctors think that sexism is an issue in medicine, the BMA has said.

In a report published on 26 August the association set out the results of a survey of 2458 NHS doctors that it conducted in April 2021.1

Of the 2018 women (82%) who responded to the survey, 91% (1836) said that they had experienced sexism at work in the past two years.

Nearly two thirds of women (61%; 1230) had felt discouraged to work in a particular specialty because of their gender, and 70% (861) believed that their clinical ability had been doubted or undervalued because of their gender.

Over half of the women (56%; 688) also said that they had received unwanted verbal comments relating to their gender, and a third (31%; 381) said that they had experienced unwanted physical conduct …

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