Are there too many female Drs?
Having read an article in the BMJ (dated 5/4/8) on the feminisation of the medical profession, I must take issue with one of Dr McKinstry's comments.
He wrote 'empathy and communication skills are important but so are efficiency and the ability to live with risk.' Is he implying that female Drs, are, by-and-large, inefficient and unable to live with risk ?
Instead of presenting a sensible and cogent argument for balancing up the medical profession he has come across as arrogant and out-of-touch with the reality of day-to-day general practice. He is mistaken in his belief that a female Dr who consults more slowly than another Dr, male or female, sees fewer patients. She (or indeed he) actually has a shorter tea- break/lunch-break/administration time.
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