The independent review of the gender pay gap in medicine

Start date

May 2018

End date

December 2020


The review was commissioned in 2017 by the then Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt. Professor Dame Jane Dacre was appointed to chair the review, with a research team, led by Professor Carol Woodhams, where they explored many aspects of the gender pay gap in medicine.

Aims and objectives

  • Understand why the gender pay gap in medicine, as reported in the national press, is large for a single professional group
  • Undertake an analysis of the causes of the gender pay gap in medicine for general practitioners, hospital and community health doctors and academic medics.

Funding amount





Carol Atkinson

Manchester Metropolitan University

Jo Blanden

Dr Jo Blanden

University of Surrey

Duncan Brown

Institute of Employment Studies

Ioannis Laliotis

City University

Sheila Wild

Private Consultant

Mark Williams

Dr Mark Williams

Queen Mary University of London

Additional team members

Professor Dame Jane Dacre

University of California, Los Angeles


In the media

NHS England reports a 16% gender pay gap
Healthcare Leader
Review of the gender pay gap in medicine
British Medical Association
What is causing the gender pay gap in medicine?
Women in Surgery, STEM and Beyond blog
Time for equality
The British Dental Journal
Independent review into gender pay gaps in medicine in England
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
How we can close the gender pay gap in medicine?
Manchester Metropolitan University
Review finds 33% gender pay gap among GPs
Healthcare Leader
Government commits to tackling gender pay gap in medicine
National Health Executive
New data on gender pay gap in medicine
Open Access Government

Research themes

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