Opinion Letters

Sunday 19 November 2017

Don't blame the female doctors

LIKE Kevin Myers (March 16), I have nothing against foreign doctors (I've been one), but unlike him I don't blame women doctors for changing medicine to a "largely office-hours-only profession" -- and not because I'm married to one and my daughter's another.

Few men today are happy to work the 120-hour week familiar to my generation, and if the resultant shortfall in staff leads to the recruitment of culturally insensitive foreigners, the blame can hardly be placed on the successful applicants to medical schools.

The trend to shorter hours and more women in medicine has been clear since the 1960s.

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