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One of the claims made in the report was that the number of female doctors would eclipse the number of male doctors between 2017-2022. Female doctors currently account for 43% of doctors registered in the UK.
As a result, the GMC has said that employers will have to be more flexible in terms of working and training patterns, which would accomodate less than full-time training and working, career breaks, maternity or paternity leave, and that the service will need to be less of a 9 to 5 service as a result.
The GMC also pointed out that working patterns influence career choices, with women currently under-represented in specialties such as cardiology, gastroenterology, anaesthetics, and surgical specialties.
How do you think the health service will adjust to the changes in the make-up of the workforce? Will it need to be more flexible? Is it able to be? Is it possible for the working patterns of cardiology, gastroenterology, anaesthetics and surgery be made more flexible?