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Women face discrimination in surgeons’ ‘old boys club’, research finds

Six out of 10 female surgeons have experienced discrimination at work, with many feeling the profession does not support childcare commitments or progression into senior roles.

Research by several universities and NHS trusts found that 59% of women working as surgeons had experienced or witnessed gender bias and discrimination, irrespective of their level of training and experience.

Eighty-eight per cent felt surgery was a male-dominated field, with 16% suggesting some areas could be described as an “old boys club”.

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January 29, 2019

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