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Female surgeons face “hostile, male dominated environment” in the NHS

Operating theatres are a “hostile environment for women”, one of the country’s leading female surgeons has said.

As editor of the magazine Medical Woman, Jyoti Shah said several female surgeons had spoken to her about sexism being a problem.

She has called for a cultural change.

Meanwhile, the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Clare Marx, said there needs to be a focus on developing women’s careers in surgery.

Ms Shah, a consultant urological surgeon at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said women in her field faced sexism every day because it was engrained in surgery: “Surgery still remains very male dominated, and it does still appear as an old boys’ club and you’re very much an outsider as a woman.

“You’re trying to break into their gang almost, and that culture is quite engrained in surgery.”

There are approximately 800 female surgical consultants in England, and they represent only 11% of the total.

Read more at BBC Health.

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