Majority of doctors to be women within a decade

More than half of doctors will be women by 2017, research suggests.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

A two-year review by the Royal College of Physicians of the changing gender balance in medicine and its implications for the profession found that the milestone will be reached by ‘sometime after 2017’.

The college warns that integrating the changing workforce will become a significant issue for the NHS, as women are more likely to work part-time and focus on particular specialities.

But the report also found ‘no evidence that they are more likely than men to leave medicine entirely’.

Women currently make up 42% of GPs, and 40% of all doctors, the report says.

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