Dr Carole Easton points out that the Department of Health reports a gender pay gap of 10.5%, as opposed to the 23% in the NHS, while Ted Watson says it is not obesity that has made the health service broke
Matt Hancock states that “The NHS is a huge employer of women – I want it to be one of the best as well” (theguardian.com, 25 April). His intention to reduce bullying and harassment is laudable, as is his desire to increase flexible working. But has he paid sufficient attention to the enormous discrepancies between the civil servants and the frontline workers in his own area of responsibility?
For example, the Department of Health and Social Care reports a gender pay gap of 10.5%, as opposed to the 23% in the NHS. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the DHSC offers 26 weeks on full maternity pay, while NHS frontline staff are only entitled to eight weeks on full pay and a further 18 on half pay. Given the urgent need for frontline staff in the NHS, and for gender equality, it would be timely to address these inequities.
Dr Carole Easton
Chief executive, Young Women’s Trust
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