Australian doctor slammed for saying more women make workforce more vulnerable
Exclusive: In emails obtained by SBS News, senior Sydney obstetrician Dr Hans Peter Dietz told doctors the medical industry was “increasingly vulnerable because it’s increasingly female”.
A senior doctor and member of the leadership council of the NSW medical union has been criticised for making controversial comments about women in medicine.
The remarks by Dr Hans Peter Dietz, which were sent on a group email to about 35 people in the union’s committee, were made in response to a Sydney Morning Herald article last year about troubling results from a junior doctors survey on workplace culture.
Dr Dietz, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sydney and Nepean Hospital, who also sits on the leadership council of the medical union ASMOF (NSW), said the workforce is “increasingly vulnerable because it’s increasingly female and not exactly prepared for adversity because school and Uni are ‘safe spaces’ (sic).”
“Suicides are one result. Inability to cope with everyday nastiness is another,” he added.