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Female GPs 'lose out' on partnerships

By Gareth Iacobucci

Women GPs are calling for urgent action to address the shortage of partnerships, after claiming they are struggling to compete with men for the existing positions.

The Medical Women's Federation says practices able to pick and choose are adopting sexist recruitment policies, because they cannot afford to take on a new partner who might need time off for maternity leave.

Dr Clarissa Fabre, president-elect of the Medical Women's Federation, who is planning to meet with the Conservatives shortly to discuss the issue, said the concerns urgently needed to be addressed.

‘There needs to be an incentive for practices to take on partners. It is putting practices off employing young women doctors,' she said.

‘PCTs and the Government have to support women. If a practice has two equally good candidates, they will not employ the woman because she's going to have babies.'

Dr Amrita Suri, a salaried GP in Hanworth, West London, backed the call for change, after herself struggling to get a partnership.

‘I would agree. In the economic climate, and with legislation as it stands, there is not much incentive for practices to take on new partnerships. It needs to come from the top.'

She added: ‘The knock-on effect is that firstly partnerships are scarce, and secondly, practices want to take on a partner that's going to be working full-time, so female GPs will undoubtedly suffer.'

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