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Action must be taken to close gender pay gap - Margot Parker MEP shocked top women doctors earn thousands less than men

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 15 February 2018

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MARGOT Parker MEP has called for the gender pay gap in doctors' salaries to be closed.

The UKIP MEP for the East Midlands said wage parity must be reached after revelations the gender pay gap among the highest ranks of NHS doctors saw top women earning an average £14,000 a year less than their male counterparts.

The report, published by The National Health Executive revealed:

·         The top-earning male consultant in England earned £739,460, compared to £281,616 for the best-paid woman

·         On average, full-time male consultants earned £127,683 - almost £14,000 more than full-time women

·         Six-and-a-half times as many men as women in England and Wales get the top platinum award bonus worth £77,000 a year.

But it did report the pay gap shrank from £14,000 to £1,500 when overtime and bonuses were taken out, suggesting that some of the difference could be due to men working longer hours.

Mrs Parker said: "This report is a shock and illustrates quite clearly that we have a long way to go before we reach pay parity.

"It is totally wrong that in this day and age we still see these discrepancies."

"The Government must speed up its review into gender pay in the medical profession as a matter of urgency."

Mrs Parker said she was also keen to make sure women are supported in the profession, including those with with young families, so they can advance up the career ladder if they so wish.



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