RCSI seeks to address lack of female surgeons

Vows to combat gender imbalance as study finds just 7 per cent of consultants are female

 Minister for Health Simon Harris (centre) discusses the chair of the working group Deborah McNamara  (left) and consultant in general and colorectal surgery at Beaumont Hospital,  and Dr Ailin Rodgers, senior surgical trainee at the RCSI (right). Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister for Health Simon Harris (centre) discusses the chair of the working group Deborah McNamara (left) and consultant in general and colorectal surgery at Beaumont Hospital, and Dr Ailin Rodgers, senior surgical trainee at the RCSI (right). Photograph: Julien Behal

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to implement a series of measures to improve the number of women working as surgeons in Ireland.

Overall, only 7 per cent of surgical consultants are female, including about 10 per cent of general surgical consultants and 21 per cent of plastic surgery consultants. Just 34 per cent of surgical trainees are women, despite women making up half of medicine graduates.

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