30+ years ago the doctor and author Vernon Coleman was predicting that the policy of driving more women into medicine would prove to be a disaster as – in his experience – few female doctors had the work ethic and commitment that was expected of male doctors. How prescient he was. 70% of medical students today are women, with utterly predictable consequences.
Most of the students on engineering courses are men, and this is seen as ‘a problem to be solved’ through taxpayer interventions, such as the additional grants being given to female engineering students at Brunel University. Most of the students on medicine courses are women but this isn’t ‘a problem to be solved’, despite all the negative consequences, with long-suffering taxpayers paying ever more for an increasingly poor NHS. To the best of our knowledge The Taxpayers’ Alliance resolutely refuses to criticise government initiatives which advantage women over men, regardless of the consequences in terms of service quality or value for money.
More than 50% of GPs today are women, and the average GP earns £104,000 p.a. Compared with male doctors, female doctors are far more likely to quit the profession altogether, less likely to work unsocial hours (including weekends), less likely to choose the more stressful specialisations, more likely to work part-time regardless of family commitments, and more likely to retire early. The average woman who graduates with a medical degree will work about half the hours over her working life compared with her male counterpart, and the cost of filling the resulting capacity ‘gap’ with foreign doctors – many of whom have trained in poor countries which need them – is huge. The A&E service is in crisis partly because while 70% of newly-qualified doctors are women, very few are prepared to work in A&E.
Rarely does the mainstream media make the obvious links between the feminisation of the NHS and the appalling service it has slowly become over recent decades. What we get is a relentless stream of articles – almost always from female journalists – such as this.
To add insult to injury, the end of the piece:
Some GPs are also dismayed at their practice’s opening hours and say higher numbers of patients are going to casualty departments on afternoons when they are closed. One doctor, writing anonymously on the Pulse magazine website, said: ‘It’s about time practices were expected to be open all of core hours with GPs available.
‘In my CCG, they all shut for Thursday afternoon and have the time off, or do private work elsewhere. ‘If you call you get pushed through to the out-of-hours service. And guess what, there is a huge spike in A&E attendances on Thursday afternoon from those practices.’
Dr Maureen Baker, chairman of the Royal College of GPs said: ‘We are surprised by these findings as they do not reflect what we are hearing from our GP members who are working ever longer hours to provide care to more and more patients.’