Table 2

Responses to the question ‘Do you regard the NHS as a family-friendly employer for doctors with children?’ (numbers and percentages of doctors who replied ‘yes’)

GroupMenWomen
% agreementn/N% agreementn/N
All39.7275/69344.5457/1027
Has child(ren)
 Yes40.7186/45750.7337/665
 No37.789/23633.1120/362
Specialty
 Hospital medical specialties40.461/15141.270/170
 Surgery37.851/13539.023/59
 General practice39.868/17141.2182/442
 Paediatrics32.08/2546.344/95
 Emergency medicine50.015/3052.411/21
 Obstetrics and gynaecology10.01/1048.113/27
 Anaesthesia43.235/8148.840/82
 Radiology47.811/2356.717/30
 Clinical oncology40.04/1047.49/19
 Pathology42.912/2851.418/35
 Psychiatry31.09/2963.830/47
Partner/spouse status
 Medical spouse40.2130/32346.1184/399
 Non-medical spouse39.9117/29347.5221/465
 No spouse36.428/7731.952/163
Working hours
 Full time40.0262/65541.0259/631
 Less than full time34.213/3850.0198/396
  • All p<0.001 except where indicated.

  • Statistical tests on % agreement: Children (χ2 1): men 0.5 (p=0.496), women 28.4; Specialty group (χ2 10): men 8.0 (p=0.634), women 14.5 (p=0.150); Partner/spouse status (χ2 2): men 0.4 (p=0.817), women 12.6 (p=0.002); Working hours (χ2 1): men 0.3 (p=0.590), women 7.5 (p=0.006).