Women doctors are safer. So why are medical chiefs worried there are so many of them?
The problem is that women will form the majority of UK medics after 2017, thanks to a ten-fold rise in their numbers entering training. Most of them will be in their childbearing years.
In order to continue working, they will need proper support while starting families, as well as careers where they can happily combine work with raising children. But an array of official reports reveals how the NHS is sorely failing to meet this need.
The result is a time-bomb for patient care, with the health service facing significant shortages in crucial hospital specialties as young women doctors head instead to the few areas of the health service where they can mix work and family.
Thus the paucity of childcare support and female-friendly practices in the NHS not only damages the prospects of thousands of female medics, it also jeopardises the future of healthcare for everyone in Britain.