This prat thinks there are too many women in medicine, recklessly dragging quality standards up.
For some reason, the British Medical Journal decided to host a trite debate on the subject, “Are there too many female medical graduates?”
The “Yes” argument was put by Brian McKinstry, GP and research fellow with a special interest in telemedicine and a job chairing a medical student examination board in Edinburgh.
Much of his argument centres around the contention that Britain should back off on training and hiring women in medicine. Why? Because they tend to have other caring demands in their lives, limiting the opportunity for the country to squeeze every last drop of labour (and spirit) out of them in a long, workaholic career. Feminism has failed, and therefore must cease immediately! He whinges:
Female doctors are more likely to work part time than their male colleagues. Despite many years of feminist discourse society still expects women rather than men to reduce work commitments to look after children and not to return to full time work until the children are older. However, research among general practitioners has shown that many women in their 50s, when their children are relatively independent, continue to work part time, often because of other caring demands.
And his punchline?
Men and women may bring different, complementary skills to medicine. There is some evidence that women engage in more patient centred communication. However, women consult for longer with patients, and in one UK study of out of hours consultations they were 30% more likely to refer to hospital increasing pressure on hospital services. Moreover, recent UK research shows that even full time female consultants see fewer patients than their male colleagues. Empathy and communication skills are important, but so are efficiency and the ability to live with risk.
Because what we really need in this world is more low-quality, production-line medicine. As official policy. Did anyone else get a shudder down their spine?