Our thanks to Mike P for this. The feminisation of the medical profession since the 1970s has been a disaster for patients and taxpayers. Turns out it’s been a disaster for many women, too. An extract:
The BMA is calling for a shift in current workplace culture towards that of a supportive working environment, with better access to support services and an end to the feeling of stigma among doctors in need of help.
The majority of doctors consulted – 80 per cent – were at high or very high risk of burnout with junior doctors most at risk, the survey found.
Calls for “a supportive working environment” are common for professions which have been feminised, and are all but unknown for professions which haven’t been. Men recognize stress as an integral and unavoidable element in their work, while women don’t, leadong to demands the “workplace culture” be changed – which is generally shorthand for “employers must accept poor performance” and/or “employers must accept employees being unwilling to work long hours”. The constant but unstated implication is that workplaces must adapt to women, not vice versa. We cannot be surprised that a higher proportion of senior managers in the public sector are women, compared with the private sector.
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