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womenovermenNovember 18 2015

More women are licensed as GPs than men for the first time ever, the General Medical Council has said.

While male GPs outnumber females among those aged over 50, women are better represented in the younger age groups: 63% of GPs under 40, and 56% of GPs aged 40-49 are female; but only 37% of GPs aged 50 and older are female. Overall, 50.4% of licensed GPs are female says the GMC report ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK report 2015’.

In addition, the proportion of female GPs is set to increase as women training to be doctors outnumber men by more than two to one, with 69% of doctors in training being women. This compares to surgery where 71% of doctors in training are men, ophthalmology where the figure is 55% and radiology where it is 51%.

The report also shows that the number of black and minority ethnic GPs increased by 22% between 2010 and 2014. Overall, the number of doctors on the GP register has increased by 4% between 2010 and 2014.

Niall Dickson, GMC Chief Executive, said: “The fact that medicine is becoming a more balanced workforce with women moving into all branches of the profession should be a cause of celebration. For a host of reasons having a diverse workforce which reflects the UK’s population must be the goal.

“We do however need to be honest and admit that employers have struggled to cope with doctors as they juggle the demands of their career and personal responsibilities.”

Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chair, commented: “Women in medicine make a huge contribution to the NHS at all levels and I’m immensely proud that general practice is leading the way in terms of gender equality. This is one area where our health service is streets ahead of the corporate world and ultimately it is our patients who will benefit from a diverse workforce.

“It is encouraging to know that our profession is seen as a stimulating and progressive career option for both women and men. But we desperately need more GPs – of any gender – to meet the demands of our growing and ageing population.”

The GMC report also looks at wider issues, such as transparency in healthcare and whistleblowing, bullying and complaints. The report shows that among male GPS, complaints were made about 14% of those under the age of 50 and 20% of those aged over 50, while for female GPs, the proportions were 7% and 12% respectively.

In terms of complaint outcomes, for male GPs, over two thirds of complaints were closed immediately or referred back to the employer, but only 3% were investigated and resulted in a sanction or warning. Around 30% of complaints were investigated but closed with no sanction or warning.

For female GPs, over 70% of complaints were closed immediately or referred back, and between 25%-28% were investigated but closed without further action. Only 2% of complaints against female GPs were investigated and resulted in a sanction or reprimand.

Links:

GMC announcement

GMC ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK report 2015’

RCGP comment

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