The media are reporting factually and correctly about the Doctors strike, but superficially. The Independent now reports 1st April 2016: Junior doctors outraged over new contract that ‘discriminates against single w omen’ and The Guardian Female doctors may be forced to quit over new contract, experts say, and the Mail reports NHS contracts to see female doctors face increased childcare costs and pay gaps. What the media omit to mention is the inherent gender bias in the recruitment of doctors, which could be corrected by graduate entry to medical school. The elephant in the room is rationing, and this is the word that dare not be mentioned. If graduate entry became the norm, gender bias would disappear. We need pragmatism – on both sides to solve the Junior Doctors dispute, and that means acknowledging that what government proposes is reasonable, logical, and given the state of the health services, acceptable. It may not be desirable longer term, and once the gender bias is corrected it may be acceptable. While there are 80% of doctors as ladies, pragmatic compromise is needed.
Doctors have reacted furiously after the Government’s own impact assessment of the new junior doctor contract said any “adverse effect” impact on women’s pay was a “proportionate” means to an end.
The Department of Health’s Equality Impact Assessment of the controversial new contract, which was published in full this week, found that aspects of the new contract would “impact disproportionately on women”, with particular disadvantages for single mothers.
However it concluded that on balance the contract was not discriminatory and the adverse effects could be “comfortably justified”. Doctors claimed it would enshrine a “gender pay gap” in the medical profession…..
Overseas trained doctors account for a large proportion, and rebalances towards men. The workforce provided from Medical Schools now:
20% male 80 % female