On the BBC News at Ten last night there were lengthy discussions of the higher mortality rates from Covid-19 of poor and BAME people. There was no mention of the higher mortality rates of men compared with women. From the Men’s Health Forum, Covid-19 and men. They write:
Male doctors are 12 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than their female colleagues.
That’s one of the findings in new research carried about by the Forum. The Health Service Journal has already looked at NHS staff deaths. Their analysis revealed that men are nearly half (48%) of those killed by Covid-19. In comparison, figures from NHS Digital show that men are less than a quarter (23%) of the NHS workforce.
The figures for doctors specifically are even more extreme. Men represent 94% of deaths amongst doctors and consultants although only 55% of NHS doctors are men. While the age and ethnicity profile of male and female doctors are quite different, on average this means male doctors are more than 12 times as likely to die from Covid-19 than their female colleagues.
In its submission to the UK parliament’s Women and Equalities committee, the Forum has called on Public Health England to review the risks to staff based on gender as well as on other criteria.
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