Call for greater acceptance of part-time doctors

More must be done to ensure that part-time doctors are accepted in the NHS, according to the Medical Women's Federation (MWF).

In its latest report, the MWF found that already 60 per cent of UK medicine graduates are women, more men want to achieve a better work-life balance, and an ageing population may want to reduce their hours pre-retirement.

The report calls for changes in attitude and behaviour towards part-timers, arguing that part-time working is an essential element in enabling women to stay in the medical profession.

61 per cent of GP registrars are female and innovative changes are required to cope with the rise in demand for part-time work, says the report.

The report was compiled using interviews and focus groups with 86 part-time doctors, including 18 GPs, and was endorsed by chief medial officer for England, Sir Liam Donaldson.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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