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Review announced into NHS gender pay gap

THE government has commissioned a review to eliminate the gender pay gap in medicine after it was found that male doctors are paid more than £10,000 more than female doctors on average.

Male doctors receive an average £67,788 in basic pay, compared with £57,569 for female doctors.

The NHS has an overall gender pay gap of 23 per cent despite the fact that it employs far more women than men.

This is because the number of highly paid male doctors is a much bigger proportion of the male NHS workforce than female doctors are of the female workforce.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an independent review to be led by Royal College of Physicians president Dr Jane Dacre.

The review will consider the obstacles that female doctors face while progressing through their NHS career in the same way as their male counterparts.

It will look at issues such as the effect of motherhood on careers and progression, access to flexible working, shared parental leave, working patterns and care arrangements and their affordability.

“Previous reports and initiatives have identified many of the root causes, so there is no shortage of evidence about this unacceptable situation,” Dr Dacre said.

“Over 50 per cent of medical school entrants are women, and we owe it to them and their future commitment to the NHS to ensure they are treated fairly.”

The review is expected to end late this year with recommendations published soon after.

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