Starting Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Paediatrics

On Monday, I start my final rotation of the year – Women and Children. I’ve been looking forward to this rotation all year as it’s something I’ve had a huge interest in lately. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like to work in this specialty and figure out whether this is still what I want to pursue as a career.

The junior doctor contract is still a hot topic in the medical field within the UK. The frustration I feel among with hundreds of medical students and junior doctors is something which is difficult to put into words. As a woman, the discrimination the new contract brings to a female doctor is mind boggling.

The contract directly says that the group that will be affected most by the imposition of this new contract are women (who tend to go on maternity leave or work part time), anyone working part time and anyone who is a carer. With child care prices being on the rise, it’s going to be tough for female doctors to sustain a balanced work-life balance. Unfortunately, the specialties that will suffer the most are the female dominated ones such as: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics etc…

After spending 5 years in training and a further 10/12 years as a junior doctor, I feel like imposing this new contract will be a slap in the face for a very hardworking and worn out group of individuals in the society. I guess the only thing I can do is work as hard as I can now and consider working abroad…

 

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