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Payment by Results ‘game’

From Dr Anita Sharma

Oldham

Your special investigation (News, 1 October 2005) shows once again that the UK risks losing out on the contribution women GPs can make.

Despite increasing numbers of women GPs, the male-dominated culture still views their ability with scepticism. The M-shaped distribution of women's careers has been recognised for a long time. It is the second peak that our male colleagues should value more. Women in later years are stronger, calmer and can better conduct and control meetings.

It is time for action. Let's see some targets for women on PECs and the GPC. How about a ratio of three:five within two years as a step towards equal representation eventually?

That is the only way to stop implicit discrimination against women.

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