NHS doctor’s gender pay gap – Jeremy Hunt promises to close it

The goal of the review is to find out why male doctors who are employed in the UK by the NHS receive on average £10,000 more per year than female doctors. A male doctor earns on average £67,778 basic pay per annum, while a female counterpart will earn approximately £57,569 per year, which is a difference of 15%.

The review showed that the gender pay gap across the NHS is 23%, even though women made up the majority of the workforce. Mr Hunt stated that more than half the junior doctors were women, although there were male doctors than female on higher rates of pay.

Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, and leader of the review confirmed that the review would be looking into the reasons why there are more men in senior positions then women. It would also look at the barriers which prevented women from reaching higher paid positions.

Some of the points included in the review:

  • The impact of mother-hood on progression paths and careers

  • Availability of flexible working hours

  • Work patterns and the effect on those employed in the medical sector

  • Factors affecting shared parental leave

  • Rewards payments

  • Care arrangements for NHS employees

Mr Hunt went on to say that the NHS holds a unique position as a ‘shining beacon’ in both the UK and the global society, so it is not acceptable that after 70 years of existence, the staff of the NHS were still facing gender inequality.

Jane Dacre is one of the most highly respected female medics in the NHS and Mr Hunt praised her for taking the lead in the review. She is perfectly placed to examine the barriers which prohibit many talented female doctors from achieving the top rung of the NHS medical career ladder.

BMA representative Anthea Mowat stated that she hoped the review would ‘scrutinise the ongoing barriers’. Policy changes that benefit women doctors are needed at all stages of their careers.

The gender pay gap in the MHS is unacceptable and Jane Dacre concluded by saying that the government owed it to female junior doctors, as well as medical school entrants to ensure they were treated fairly.

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