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Most female doctors return part time after maternity leave, analysis shows

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o635 (Published 10 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o635
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

Fewer than two in five female doctors work full time when they return from maternity leave, and the proportion varies markedly between trusts and specialties, a report1 has found.

The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, used NHS payroll records for England to examine how maternity affects the overall labour supply, rates of retention, and contracted hours of work.

The analysis found that 17.7% of doctors and dentists aged under 50 working in acute hospitals and the community took maternity leave at least once from January 2014 to March …

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