Health Secretary sets out to tackle 23 per cent gender pay gap

Health Secretary sets out to tackle 23 per cent gender pay gap

In recent days, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told the media that he is “determined” to bring greater pay equality to workers in the healthcare sector, after research revealed a shocking 23 per cent gender pay gap.

Earlier this year, research revealed that on average, female doctors and GPs are paid approximately £57,569 a year, while their male counterparts enjoy annual pay of £67,788 – more than £10,000 higher.

Among GPs and doctors, there is a gender pay gap of around 15 per cent, reports suggest.

Across the healthcare sector as a whole, however, that gap stretches to almost 23 per cent.

In a bid to combat the problem, a review has been launched to investigate pay inequality in the sector and to determine what can be done in order to alleviate the problem.

The review, which will be led by President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, will examine the differences between female and male career trajectories, the take-up of shared parental leave and flexible working and other issues in a bid to determine why so many “brilliant female doctors” are being let down.

Professor Dacre said that women who had “contributed hugely to the health service” should receive equal pay to men in comparable roles.

Dr Anthea Mowat, of the British Medical Association (BMA), added that she hoped the upcoming review would eventually lead to policy changes in the near future.