Women GPs are 'safer'

Women GPs are holding on to their comfortable lead as the safest group in the profession.

Figures for the past two years show that almost five times as many male GPs as women are being referred to the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) for remedial measures.

NCAS is the arms-length body charged with addressing concerns about doctors' clinical performance, health and behaviour.

In 2007/8, just 17.5 per cent of GPs with a case to answer before the NCAS were women. This is consistent with previous figures. Last year, women made up 44 per cent of the workforce.

This makes women GPs the safest group in the profession. NCAS, says that women are under-represented in every age group.

prisca.middlemiss@haymarket.com

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