The first meeting of the national working group on women in medicine took place this week.

The group was set up to investigate structural barriers to the careers of women doctors and recommend practical measures to address them.

Around 70 per cent of medical graduates are now women, but men predominate in many specialties at senior level.

The group, chaired by Baroness Ruth Deech, will meet a further four times and report to chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson in the first half of 2009.

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