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Proportion of female GPs grows two percentage points in just one year

The number of female GPs has increased since last year, growing by two percentage points in just one year, according to official figures.

Data published today from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that in 2015, 54.4% of GPs were female, an increase from 52.4% in 2014. This number excludes locum GPs but includes GP registrars. The number of female GPs has steadily increased since 2005, when the proportion was 42.5%.

If you also exclude registrars and retainers, the proportion of female GPs increased to more than half the workforce for the first time, from 49.9% in 2014 to 51.9% in 2015. This proportion was 40.1% in 2005.

However, if you consider only FTE GPs, women account for just under half of the GPs working in England – in 2015 49.1% of FTE GPs were female.

The figures also show an overwhelmingly female workforce for other staff in general practice – only 4.3% of those working in direct patient care are male and only 5% of administration or non-clinical staff are.

The report also reveals that the overall number of FTE GPs has decreased by 2% since last year.

Readers' comments (9)

  • 7female gps in 9 years and 9 happy children and 9x9 maternity pay in. 2 doctor practice. Now there are none.
    Looking for replacement. Any ideas

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  • That's marvellous news even though the march for gender equality is far from won.

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  • Not marvellous news at all. I suggest that it is men who are disproportionately leaving. Women are more likely to have a high earning partner who can support them and their families.
    Only women are prepared to put up with the continuing shit.

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  • Excellent use of "percentage points" in the headline. Wish we saw that sort of clarity in the mainstream media.

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  • Unless you are being ironic @0:10am, I think the first post implies that employing female GPs has been a disaster.
    If I were that remaining now solo GP, my first propriety would be sustaining continuity of care for patients, not nebulous philosophical concepts of gender "equality".

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  • as a male GP - i have no problem with increasing number of female colleagues. patients welcome it and given a large proportion of patient contacts involve women and children it's a win for the public. however, society can't winge that they want more female professionals without accommodating the obvious needs that women have (maternity leave, part-time work). the issue is if we had proper funding in the first place the gender issue would not arise.

    i feel sorry for them as they can't win - it's not their fault they have a womb !

    do not fall for divide and rule !

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  • Its not gender equality - as females outnumber males!

    It is also bad news as only 1 of 15 female GP regs in local scheme has any interest in working full time in the future, most plan for part time locum work, with all planning families ( if not already had some during training already), and 6 having no intention to work in GP at all, as feel incompatible with bringing up young children!

    Train as many GPs as DOH targets, but only getting a small number coming out wanting to work full time.

    Who is going to replace the retiring male GPs who work full time and are going to leave the nation with a huge gap to fill?

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  • Please don't think that only wanting to work part time is a female phenomenon in the current registrar pool - informal anecdotal evidence from my peer group/study group would suggest like myself, most male trainees I know are wanting to work part time. I could only name one or two male colleagues who have expressed that they want to work full time, or in a partnership role, the vast majority would only consider part time salaried/locum work due to the current working conditions. I'll probably get endless replies about my naivety and lack of financial knowledge around funding mat leave, but it's depressing how quickly people turn to misogynistic spite in this workforce. Better funding, and better availability of shared parental leave/paternity leave would be the way forward, and would hopefully cool down some of the simmering resentment regarding female docs amongst male coworkers.

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  • I have 4 excellent female partners (one is pregnant) and 2 male partners. Soon there will be another female partner. However the average retirement age for a male GP is 57 & for a female is 38. The best thing is to take on a female doctor, who has had her children & is also dedicated to going on working. Win win win, but not so easy to achieve.

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