One of those little lessons about how everything is connected.
So, more women doctors, yup, great idea. Women doctors, like women in many/all walks of life, often take the decision to cut back on working hours when they have children. Yay for choice!
And, as you\’ll not be entirely surprised to hear, paediatrics is one of those specialties that tends to attract more women than men.
Paediatrics is currently a popular specialism, particularly among female medics, but she said that meant many work reduced hours in their 30s as they juggled their careers with young families. More were opting out of working a five-day week than before, she explained.
As a result, consultants were increasingly having to cover the role traditionally performed by middle-grade doctors, taking on some front-line out-of-hours shifts.
The end result of this stretching the senior people to cover those exercising their just right to a work life balance?
Dr Hilary Cass, who took on the post last month, said the NHS did not compare well with other Western European countries when it came to children’s health. Child death rates in Britain were higher than in Germany, France, Italy and Sweden.
She said: “If you look at the overall picture, we are performing very poorly when it comes to child mortality.”
Dr Cass, a paediatric disability consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’s in London, continued: “We have about 1,500 excess deaths over and above what we would have if we matched the best performing country, Sweden.
“These are things that should be avertable with medical care – like meningitis, pneumonia and asthma,” she said.
Or, feminism kills children.
Or, if you prefer, the planners in a planned system (and yes, oh yes, the number of doctors of different grades and specialties is very much the outcome of a planned system) have failed to plan for the effects of those wholly desirable choices that feminism has led to society offering.