Male doctors 12 times more likely to die from Covid-19

01/05/20 . News

Male doctors are 12 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than their female colleagues.

That's one of the findings in new research carried about by the Forum. The Health Service Journal has looked at NHS staff deaths finding that men are nearly half (48%) of NHS staff killed by Covid-19. However, according to NHS Digital, men are less than a quarter (23%) of the NHS workforce. 

But the figures for doctors specifically are even more extreme. Men represent 94% of deaths amongst doctors and consultants although only 55% of NHS doctors are men. While the age and ethnicity profile of male and female doctors are quite different, on average this means male doctors are more than 12 times as likely to die from Covid-19 than their female colleagues.

In its submission to the UK parliament's Women and Equalities committee, the Forum has called on Public Health England to review the risks to staff based on gender as well as on other criteria.

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