Junior Doctors Are Using #LikeALadyDoc To Slam Sexism
In response to claims "fewer women than men choose to work out of hours"
As you may or may not know, junior doctors working for the UK’s National Health Service are currently in the middle of a series of strikes over contract negotiations with the government.
The government want to change junior doctors’ contracts so that, although their basic wage will increase, ‘anti-social’ hours in which they get paid extra will be cut, as well as pay increases linked to the time they’ve been in the job (it can often take over 10 years of experience to progress past the junior stage).
Basically, due to lack of staff, junior doctors have to work really bloody hard and they want to be treated as such. Fair enough, really…
As if this wasn’t enough though, Sunday Times columnist Dominic Lawson threw some sexism into the mix for good measure at the weekend, claiming that increased numbers of female medical graduates are to blame for less out-of-hours work in hospitals.
“Fewer women than men choose to work out of hours, and the increase in women doctors may have partly influenced the recent abandonment of out-of-hours work by general practitioners in the UK”, he said.
Unsurprisingly, female junior doctors (along with just about everyone else) weren’t happy about this and took to Twitter using the hashtag #LikeALadyDoc to mock and disprove the claim. Some of our faves are below:
Sorry Dominic, but you kinda asked for it..