The NHS is set to admit its first female doctors in the UK this week, as part of a wider commitment to tackle gender equality.
But the NHS’s decision to hold the inaugural session at the Department of Health in London has led to an outcry from women’s health campaigners.
The women’s service at the heart of the Government’s pledge to open all doctors’ surgeries to women was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May last year, after a landmark consultation with female doctors and the Royal College of Physicians.
The new women’s clinic will be opened on Thursday, a day after May’s speech to the Royal Colleges.
The announcement came after more than two decades of campaigning by women’s groups, which have long called for an end to discrimination in the health service.
Campaigners argue that allowing women to have access to top-notch care is the key to tackling gender inequality in the NHS.
“The NHS is a key part of our economy and our society and we must be able to access it for everyone.
This is a major step forward in the government’s commitment to gender equality,” said Jenny Brown, the founder of the NHS Women’s Service.”
It is a very important step forward but there is still much to do.
It is too early to say if it will change the way we think about the NHS but I’m sure that the number of women entering the service is going to continue to grow.”
The new clinic is the first of the Department for Health’s three planned clinics to open.
The Department for Women and Equalities has said the clinic will cover a wide range of issues for patients, including a range of health conditions and care needs, including mental health and the sexual health of patients.
“In a time when we are facing a crisis in mental health, the number and complexity of the mental health needs of women and girls in the workforce is of concern,” a Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson said.
“Our commitment is to make sure women and men have access in the mental healthcare sector, and that we are investing in this sector with the right support.”
We are launching a new women and gender specialist training programme for all NHS staff and clinicians to ensure that we can meet the needs of all patients.
“A spokesperson for the Royal Society of Medicine said it is “encouraged” that the NHS is allowing women into the first female clinic.”
This is fantastic news.
We need more women doctors in our profession, and the new Women’s NHS clinic will help make this a reality.”‘”
This is a really important step in the right direction and is another sign that the Government is committed to tackling the gender pay gap and is committed not just to equality in the workplace, but to tackling discrimination in all its forms.”
“We need more women doctors in our profession, and the new Women’s NHS clinic will help make this a reality.”‘
It’s a huge step forward’For the first time in the history of the health system, the Department For Work and Pension has announced that it will open a female clinic for patients with mental health issues, and for people with serious health concerns, such as cancer.
The Women’s Health Service (WHS) is one of four clinics in the United Kingdom to be open by the Government.
The other clinics are in London, Leeds and Bristol.
In the UK, the NHS currently has one female GP for every five women.
But this is expected to rise to one for every three women by 2021.
According to figures from the National Centre for Health Statistics, the proportion of women attending primary care in the age group of 60-69 years is forecast to rise from 7.7% in 2020 to 12.2% by 2027.
And a survey of doctors in England published in March said that almost one in three said that they had not seen a female doctor in the past 12 months.
The NHS’s role as a provider of care for the elderly has long been a point of contention between campaigners and campaigners for women’s rights.
But it was not until the first NHS clinic opened in 2008 that the first woman in a UK doctor’s chair was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal British Legion.
The WHS will open at a time of increased public scrutiny about gender inequality.
It is also expected to make a difference in the treatment of mental health problems in the healthcare system.
In April, the British Medical Association (BMA) said that the opening of the first WHS clinic in England will be a “game changer”.
“The WHSE is a huge milestone for women in general medicine and the NHS in particular,” said BMA chief executive Dr Mary Wollaston.
“I am extremely confident that we will see an increase in the number that we see in our services.”
“This will have a positive impact on patients and clinicians, as well as on the health of our NHS.”