Press & Publications
Articles/publications by MWF Officers and Members. For all press enquiries please contact Central Office.
Publication: The Role Models who Sustain Medical Women's Career Engagement. Who Do They Need to Be, and What Do They Need to Do? May 2014
Are sabbaticals still an option for today's doctors? 04/02/2014 Kathy Oxtoby interviews Dr Sally Davies for BMJ Careers
Family friendly workplaces for doctors in training – BMJ Careers, 29th January 2014 Dr Beryl De Souza and Paul Deemer
GPs air their views: Best opinion and debates from 2013 - Pulse, 26/12/2013, Dr Fiona Cornish and Dr Sara Khan take the top two most read articles respectively.
Do the classic specialty stereotypes still hold true for today's doctors? – BMJ Careers, 17th December 2013 Kathy Oxby asks our members
Press Release: Patients' and Doctors' Safety: Can women change the culture of the NHS? 11/11/2013
BBC Radio 4 - Moral Maze: Reforming Abortion Law Provocative and engaging debate on reforming abortion law, chaired by Michael Buerk with Prof Wendy Savage as first witness.
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour: 'Part-Time GP's' As more women than men train as GPs what affect will that have on patients and the NHS? Dr Fiona Cornish and Anna Soubry MP discuss. 17/06/2013
"Why are there so few female specialists in the media, and how can this be changed?" Dr Beryl De Souza & Tami Hoffman on the BMJ Careers Site. 29/05/2013
Press Release: Medical Woman: the magazine for female doctors 22/05/2013
This report highlights the issues raised by doctors in the survey and therefore identifies those factors that can support and deter doctors in returning from career breaks.
Should all advertising of cosmetic surgery be banned? Yes 13/11/2012 BMJ Rapid Response, Dr Fiona Cornish and Dr Beryl De Souza
The Big Interview with Dr Fiona Cornish 04/10/2012
'We need to create an environment where there is more opportunity for women to become leaders in general practice' an interview with MWF President, filmed by PULSE. Watch the video here.
Letter of the week: Where were the women in Pulse's top 50 influential GPs? 25/09/2012 Pulse magazine, MWF President Dr Fiona Cornish, MWF Hon. Sec. Dr Beryl De Souza and Medical Woman Editor Dr Sara Khan. Click here to read the letter.
Press Release: KEEP YOUR MITTS OFF OUR MUFFS!
Is there equal pay in healthcare? Not if you are a doctor.
Read MWF's Honarary Secretary Dr Beryl De Souza's response to John Appleby's editorial in the BMJ here.
ACCEA Clinical Excellence Awards 2012
MWF, as a national nominating body, is delighted that ACCEA are proceeding with the 2012 clinical excellence awards round at national and local level. MWF will be encouraging women consultants and academics to consider applying for such awards in recognition of their achievements in the work that is carried out in their respective departments.
Health and Social Care Act Press Release from President Clarissa Fabre, February 2012
The Health and Social Care Bill in England, even as amended so far in the House of Lords, will set the NHS up as a market and will lead to fragmentation of services rather than collaboration. Women form the majority of NHS employees. They are also higher users of the NHS because of their longevity and childbearing capacity. It has been suggested that many services may well become chargeable, for example antenatal and postnatal care and sexual health services which include contraception.
Women are therefore particularly likely to suffer if this bill is enacted. For these reasons the Medical Women's Federation calls on the government to withdraw the bill and genuinely work with the medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professions to make the changes needed to cope with the increase in the number of elderly people, medical advances and austerity. The bill does not address any of these issues and rather than reduce bureaucracy it seems set to increase it with consequent unaffordable costs.
MWF has responded to two articles in the BMJ in January 2012.
MWF welcomes the meritocracy which has allowed women in medicine to achieve equality. We recognise the implications on the medical workforce of the increasing number of women doctors and understand the need to retain valuable women doctors throughout their careers. We want to ensure that there is flexibility in the work structure, which allows women to contribute to their full potential, while supporting them through the child bearing years. We wish to promote good availability of childcare facilities, mentoring and encouragement of women into leadership roles. We support the end of the gender pay gap, so well demonstrated by Dr Anita Holdcroft in her study. As Prof Jane Dacre said, women are not taking over, just achieving equality. It's not a crisis, it's just the new status quo.
Not Taking Over Just Catching Up
MWF President Dr Clarissa Fabre was interviewed by MDDUS's publication about the role of women in general practice Click here to read a copy>>
THE FEMALE FACTOR - The Changing Face of Medical Care
MWF features heavily in this article that appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Members featuring include President-Elect Dr Fiona Cornish and Honorary Secretary Beryl De Souza. Click here to read a copy>>
Publication: Pay Gap report
Women in Medicine in the Press May 2010
There were several articles in the press in May 2010 about the number of women entering medicine. MWF President Dr Clarissa Fabre put forward the case for MWF as did Leigh Regan, MWF's Student Representative at Peninsula Medical School. Articles appeared in the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Dr Fabre also participated in an interview on Women's Hour, as did MWF members Prof. Jane Dacre and Miss Helen Fernandes.
Links to all of these can be found below.
Some of the comments from other readers make for interesting reading, but they do not necessarily represent the views of MWF!
- Daily Mail Article 4th May 2010
- The Sunday Times Article 9th May 2010
- Response to the Sunday Times Article 16th May 2010
- Interview on Women's Hour – from 9 mins 45
MWF Response to the EWTD http://www.nhsemployers.org/PlanningYourWorkforce/MedicalWorkforce/MWF/Pages/February2010.aspx
MWF acknowledges the EWTD has shortened training time. There is need for more evidence to show if there is compromise in patient safety and training if the EWTD reducing working hours to 48 hrs per week is instigated (1,2). We would like to ensure that Deaneries support the Royal Colleges and provide training for the trainers and for the trusts to ensure that both the trainees and trainers have adequate time for training to take place. It is without doubt that service will have been affected as long on call shifts are no longer possible. How much of this was training needs proper evaluation. Considering our flexible training members, there will have been only a small reduction in their hours due to EWTD and its introduction may enable some to work at higher percentages. Training is now competency based rather than time based. Our primary concern is that the Royal College of Surgeons statements (1,2) regarding surgical specialty opt out of the EWTD should not in any way deter our female medical students and junior doctors from pursuing a career in surgery.
References1. BOTA position statement on the European Working Time Directive and training in trauma and orthpaedic surgery – British Orthopaedic Trainees Association . January 2008. 2. The impact of EWTD on delivery of surgical services: A Consensus statement. Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. November 2008.
Making Part-Time Work
The MWF, funded by the Women and Equality Unit, has been researching ways to facilitate part-time working in the medical profession. The research consisted of interviews and focus groups with part-time doctors of all grades and specialties throughout the UK as well as representatives from the Royal Colleges, Deaneries and HR. Our summary document was published on the 19th June 2008 and the full report can be found by clicking here>>
BBC Radio Wales 'The Gender pay-gap' - Dr Amanda Owen
Dr Amanda Owen, editor of Medical Woman contributed to a recent Radio Phone-In on BBC Radio Wales on the topic 'Why do women get paid 17% less than men?'. Also appearing on the programme was Dr Katerine Rake, director of Fawcett Society and speaker at MWF's Autumn Meeting 2008.
BMJ Article 'Are there too many female medical graduates?' - MWF response.
There has been much in the press recently about there being too many female medical students and graduates. The Medical Women's Federation has been representing women doctors and their patients for over 90 years. When it was founded in 1917, it was very difficult for women to get into medical school, and their subsequent careers were also fraught with problems.
Although the situation regarding access to medical training has now been dramatically reversed, there are still many difficulties in the way of female doctors who wish to combine childbearing with a medical career. This explains the comment made by Jane Dacre on radio 4 about attrition - how the women who graduate from medical school are less likely to progress in their careers than their male counterparts. We have heard people describing women wanting to have children and a career as "Having their cake and eating it" but as Cherie Blair once famously said, we think of it as a juggling act. Women are getting their places at medical school on merit. Are people really suggesting that well qualified, clever and motivated women should not have access to this worthwhile and rewarding career?
Surely it is the job of all of us to help them overcome the problems they face rather than just planning to reduce the numbers of women facing the problem. The MWF and many of the representative bodies in medicine, such as the colleges, have been having discussions with the Chief Medical Officer and the Department of Health to make plans to cope with the rise in the population of women doctors and would like to point out that we prefer to look upon the situation as a challenge rather than a problem.
BMJ Careers - The Medical Women's Federation Celebrates its long history
To commemorate MWF's 90th birthday, Honorary Secretaries Dr De Souza and Dr Ramsay wrote an article published in BMJ Careers on why it is still relevant today. You can read a copy of this article by clicking here>>