Article by Steven Brocklehurst
Scotland’s top earning senior doctors are overwhelmingly men, BBC research has found.

The figures showed just 15 out of 100 of the highest-paid consultants across Scotland’s health boards were women.

The Freedom of Information data suggested just two of Scotland’s NHS boards had as many as three women among their top 10 highest-paid medics.

At least two boards – NHS Borders and NHS Ayrshire and Arran – have no female consultants among their top 10 earners.

All 14 NHS regional health boards in Scotland were asked to provide the information but four did not reply or would not provide a breakdown.

NHS Orkney, NHS Fife and NHS Tayside said they risked identifying individual consultants if they provided the information. NHS Western Isles did not respond.

Among the remaining 10 Scottish health boards the top 10 earning consultants were:

  1. NHS Ayrshire and Arran – 10 male and 0 female
  2. NHS Borders – 10 male and 0 female
  3. NHS Grampian – 9 male and 1 female
  4. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – 9 male and 1 female
  5. NHS Lothian – 9 male and 1 female
  6. NHS Dumfries and Galloway – 8 male and 2 female
  7. NHS Forth Valley – 8 male and 2 female
  8. NHS Lanarkshire – 8 male and 2 female
  9. NHS Highland – 7 male and 3 female
  10. NHS Shetland – 7 male and 3 female

The British Medical Association said the medical workforce was almost equal in gender numbers but women remained under-represented in senior roles.

It called for more support for women and flexibility in career progression.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said historically there were very few female consultants but that was slowly changing.


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