Maternity locum pay is problem, not women GPs

Your article 'Are there too many female GPs?' made depressing reading (GP, 18 April).

Did anyone ask the same question when there was a predominance of male GPs?

The main problem is the fact that most women doctors have children. It is essential that women have time off to look after their children when they are very young, and that this does not impose an extra burden on their partners while they are away.

Maternity locum payments must be adequate, and not left to the discretion of the primary care organisation.

Dr Clarissa Fabre, vice president, Medical Women's Federation.

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