Figures released by the British Medical Association show that, among doctors embarking on careers in the NHS in 2006, women outnumber men by almost three to two.

A survey of new doctors shows that one in five female doctors anticipate working part-time for the majority of their career, compared with one in 25 men. Almost half (48 per cent) of women doctors say they want to train less than full-time at some point, compared with 15 per cent of men. Doctors are also likely to be in debt when they graduate and to have entered the profession at a later stage of life.

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