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Hunt vows to eliminate gender pay gap in medicine

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The National Health Service (NHS) in England is to eliminate the gender pay gap in medicine by reviewing how much it pays male and female doctors….reports Asian Lite News

A review announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will look at why male doctors are paid on average £10,000 more than female doctors, the BBC reported.

Across the whole NHS, it has an overall gender pay gap of 23% despite the fact that women are employed in there than men.

Jeremy Hunt said he was “determined” to eliminate the pay gap and it was unacceptable that staff still faced gender inequality.

Jeremy Hunt

He said, “The NHS holds a unique position in both British and global society as a shining beacon of equality among all, and so it is unacceptable that 70 years from its creation its own staff still face gender inequality.”

As Hunt announced, leading female doctor, Prof Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, will lead the review into the reasons behind the gap.

Prof Dacre said the review would look at why some women’s career trajectories might be slower than their male counterparts, adding “societal expectations on women” mean they are more likely to take time out to care for children, or relatives.