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GP epilepsy patients are missing out

‘Politics is a traditionally male culture. It puts a lot of females off. Quite rightly, they wonder what is the point of sitting around in smoke-filled rooms talking when there are other things to be done.'

Dr Mike Dixon, chair, NHS Alliance

‘There are certainly some very entrenched male views around, but I don't choose the speakers at conference on what they look like. I like to think it's a meritocracy.'

Dr John Canning, chair of the Conference of LMCs and secretary of Cleveland LMC

‘We are mindful of the need to ‘‘hotwire'' equal opportunities. Medicopolitical roles are not family friendly and may deter the many able and talented women GPs from health organisations.'

Dr Mayur Lakhani, chair of the RCGP

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