Scotland’s high incomes senior docs are overwhelmingly males, BBC analysis has discovered.
The figures confirmed simply 15 out of 100 of the highest-paid consultants throughout Scotland’s well being boards had been ladies.
The Freedom of Data information steered simply two of Scotland’s NHS boards had as many as three ladies amongst their high 10 highest-paid medics.
At the very least two boards – NHS Borders and NHS Ayrshire and Arran – don’t have any feminine consultants amongst their high 10 earners.
All 14 NHS regional well being boards in Scotland had been requested to offer the knowledge however 4 didn’t reply or wouldn’t present a breakdown.
NHS Orkney, NHS Fife and NHS Tayside stated they risked figuring out particular person consultants in the event that they offered the knowledge. NHS Western Isles didn’t reply.
Among the many remaining 10 Scottish well being boards the highest 10 incomes consultants had been:
- NHS Ayrshire and Arran – 10 male and zero feminine
- NHS Borders – 10 male and zero feminine
- NHS Grampian – 9 male and 1 feminine
- NHS Higher Glasgow and Clyde – 9 male and 1 feminine
- NHS Lothian – 9 male and 1 feminine
- NHS Dumfries and Galloway – eight male and a pair of feminine
- NHS Forth Valley – eight male and a pair of feminine
- NHS Lanarkshire – eight male and a pair of feminine
- NHS Highland – 7 male and three feminine
- NHS Shetland – 7 male and three feminine
The Freedom of Data information confirmed that the earnings of the highest-paid senior docs various throughout well being boards from £285,000 in NHS Ayrshire and Arran to £139,000 in Shetland.
They had been unfold amongst many various medical disciplines, with common surgical procedure and anaesthetics notably effectively represented.
Glasgow has only one feminine guide amongst its high 10 highest-paid consultants however she was the highest incomes medic within the well being board. Her speciality was not revealed as a way to shield her identification.
The information pointed to a small differential within the common fundamental pay, with males being paid about £93,790, as much as four% greater than ladies.
Nevertheless, this widened to nearly 20% when time beyond regulation and bonuses had been included.
BMA Scotland’s consultants committee chairman Simon Barker stated: “Whereas the medical workforce is right this moment nearly gender equal in numbers, there stays vital under-representation of girls in senior roles that’s notably pronounced in sure specialties.
“There may be additionally robust proof that docs who work less-than-full-time expertise higher challenges in profession development, which has a disproportionate influence on ladies.
“When ladies do attain guide grade posts, it’s nonetheless the case that they discover it harder to entry extra sources of revenue on high of their fundamental contracted hours, reminiscent of extra locum or out of hours work, analysis initiatives and discretionary factors.”
He stated the NHS in Scotland could possibly be doing “considerably extra” to assist employment selections and suppleness in profession development.
Dr Barker stated: “There may be clearly nonetheless an extended approach to go in addressing the obstacles that too many ladies nonetheless face of their medical careers and it’s only by confronting the issue head-on that additional progress can be made.”
Dr Judy Evans, honorary secretary for the Royal Faculty of Surgeons of Edinburgh, stated: “Consultants are sometimes in submit for greater than 20 years.
“The contracts for any job within the NHS are fully gender impartial.
“The pay hole displays the truth that traditionally there have been only a few feminine consultants.”
Dr Evans stated: “It takes a very long time for these figures to alter, however we’re on the way in which.
“These days most specialities report between 30% and 60% females in submit within the center grades of trainees.
“When these docs end coaching, then the share of feminine consultants will improve.”
She added: “The outdated course of for awarding bonuses was additionally very flawed, and was challenged in industrial tribunals.
“Trendy processes are way more clear. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless room for enchancment.”
Gender pay hole
The NHS as an entire has been publishing gender pay hole information since 2015.
Every well being board publishes its personal figures and they don’t seem to be collated throughout the entire of Scotland.
Nevertheless, analysis by Wladyslaw Mejka, who runs the equalities marketing campaign group Equality Right here Now, stated the hole between women and men’s common wage was nearly 20% within the newest NHS statistics, printed final yr.
The numbers are calculated by evaluating the typical hourly pay of girls with the typical hourly pay of males.
The outcomes counsel that there are a lot of extra males in senior positions than ladies all through NHS Scotland.
Further reporting by Patrick Cowling