BMA apologises to female doctors over sexism
The British Medical Association has apologised to female doctors who have experienced sexism and sexual harassment after an independent inquiry described it as an “old boys’ club” that undervalued women.
The trade union, which represents about 70% of Britain’s 240,000 doctors, has promised sweeping reforms of its processes and culture in response to the inquiry’s findings.
Daphne Romney QC found that some female medics and BMA personnel “feel they are undervalued, ignored and patronised because they are women. This applies to both doctors and members of [union] staff. This is because of an ‘old boys’ club’ culture for some that lingers on without proper challenge, which treats women as of less importance and ability.”