The overall aim of the review is to understand the causes of the gender pay gap in medicine and to make implementable recommendations to narrow it. It covers the whole medical profession including public health doctors and medical academics in England. It is looking at the pay gap across doctors' careers and in different areas of medicine.
The review is looking at:
- gendered education and career choices
- unequal impact of caring responsibilities
- lack of quality flexible working opportunities
- underrepresentation of women in leadership positions
- the culture of medicine
A steering group is overseeing the review and will produce a final report containing recommendations by end of April 2019. It will be chaired by Prof Jane Dacre, immediate past president of the Royal College of Physicians and a strong advocate for gender equality in medicine.
Representatives on the steering group include: the BMA, the Medical Women's Federation, DHSC and NHS Employers.
A research team from the University of Surrey has been appointed to analyse pay and pensions data, and also take evidence from doctors themselves. A largescale survey is going out to approximately 40% of the medical profession, asking doctors views about a variety of working practices and individual decisions that affect pay and medical careers. The BMA has been supporting the development of the survey. We urge doctors who have been invited to participate in the survey by email, to respond. The more doctors who complete the survey the more accurate it will be.
The survey is now live. Please look out for an email from [email protected]. It is also worth checking your spam email for this invitation.