fewer women should be allowed to train as doctors because men are ‘better value for money’… The answer is graduate entry to medical school.

Graduate entry to medical school will solve the gender bias, but if the government does not wish to address this, then they need to train far more doctors, and allow for the 20% net loss from Wales and the rural areas. Ambitious and successful graduates often choose to work in cities.

Caroline Mortimer in the Independent reports 7th April 2016:  Academic says fewer women should be allowed to train as doctors because men are ‘better value for money’

‘Young men will give a full career of medical service and provide society with much better value for the money spent on medical training’

Female junior doctors have reacted with fury to a letter by a retired LSE academic which suggested fewer women should be “allowed” to become doctors.

In a letter to the Times, Emeritus reader in economics at LSE, Dr Roger Alford, questioned the wisdom of employing women as doctors because they are “likely in due course to move to part-time appointments”.

Responding to an editorial by the newspaper which called for the Government to allow universities to train more doctors, he wrote: “I understand that there is now a very high proportion of women students in our medical schools, and that many women doctors are likely in due course to move to part-time appointments.

“Given that the role of medical schools must be to deliver the full-time frontline doctors that we need, surely the number of young women allowed to begin training should be considerably limited to allow in more young men who will give a full career of medical service and provide society with much better value for the money spent on medical training.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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