Skip to comments.Part-time women doctors ARE a real problem. Why is it sexist to say so? (Melanie Phillips)
Posted on 08/03/2013 5:22:57 PM PDT by neverdem
Never did three words, surely, have a more explosive and utterly disproportionate effect.
In a Commons debate last week on the deficiencies of the new 111 emergency service, a Tory MP, Anne McIntosh, suggested one reason why there were too few GPs to answer urgent calls.
Since some 70 per cent of medical students were now women, she said, the fact that many of them wanted to have children and then go part-time meant a tremendous burden on the NHS if it effectively had to train two GPs to do the work of one.
In reply the junior Health Minister Anna Soubry said: You make a very important point when you talk about, rightly, the good number of women who are training to be doctors, but the unintended consequences
She didnt actually finish her sentence, but left the thought of the unintended consequences hanging in the air. For these three words, she was instantly jumped upon and metaphorically beaten up by a steady procession of angry women.
Dr Clare Gerada, head of the Royal College of GPs, was incredulous that women doctors are being blamed for problems in the NHS. Another commentator accused Ms Soubry of having delivered the biggest guilt trip of all when it comes to flexible working.
Yet others heaped withering scorn upon the hapless Health Minister. Didnt she understand that women had babies? So of course women doctors wanted to work part-time. Duh! And because it suited women to do so, there couldnt possibly be any problem with that. It was obviously the perfect solution for absolutely everyone. End of argument. No awareness whatever of the total absence of logic in such claims not to mention the failure to acknowledge the interests of anyone other than women doctors.
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If you want an example of an asinine government regulation breaks the back of a business in the USA, research the Family Medical Leave Act.
Reality can be an uncomfortable thing for leftists.
Part time “professionals” are generally a problem and create undue hardship on their co-workers.
Working 3 days a week, they take a day to get back up to speed and they can’t be given any work that requires follow up on the off days, and if they are, then a co-worker has to waste time getting up to speed on the issue.
It is also true that almost all part-time professionals are women, “who want to have it all”.
The UK sets the PC bullshit standard to which the USSA daily aspires.
All of that is perfectly true. Note also, that Obama is pushing the American economy toward a lot of part-time work. Soon, everywhere you look, there will be men and women trying to “get back up to speed” to do the job which they haven’t performed in 3 or 4 days. It will be a constant annoyance.
If you now have over 50% of 1st year medical students being female, guess guess where the next group of surgeons come from?
First hand knowledge here: part time female physicians are going to be the norm in the US. Already certain specialties, including my own, are suffering from the consequences. Judging by the balance of female enrollment in medical schools, there is no reversing this trend, except for male foreign medical graduates filling the gaps. So, say hello to Dr Muhammad.
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And in my specialty ER, you now have a lot of married couples, and because of the income NEITHER one has to work a full schedule.
The death panels will have a way with dealing with those who enjoyed the good life and then decided to leave a mess for the next generation.
Same reason women on submarines will be a total disaster for the Navy.
ROFL facebook forever!
Women's employment is one of the main reason for growing income inequality that the left never talks about.
Women will generally not marry a man who earns less than her.
Instead of 100 men becoming doctors and heading 100 families, you end up with half as many families with twice the income.
Having neither left a mess for anyone nor experienced much of ‘the good life’, I’ll cordially assume that your comment was directed at the situation in general . . .
Absolutely, I don't know what your personal situation is.
However, I've seen quite a bit of gloating from boomers (not you) over the past few years about how their life was good and their glad that they won't have to deal with mess that the young must face.
With the US now a part-time workweek nation, one must wonder about the part-time, Obamacare mandated, part-time role of hospital employed, nationally unionized physicians of the very near future when all private MDs become essentially extinct?
Imagine medical residents on a less than 30 hr “workweek”...uhhh!
While M. Phillips draws attention to the utilization of scarce doctors in the UK, the part-time aspects of Obamacare have not been anticipated in the medical debate going on in the US regarding the doctor shortages looming here and the role of US female MD’s, most of which are essentially part-time, and whose practice lives are shortened compared to men. I read a few years ago that women MDs in the US had a maximum practice life of just 16 years.