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Perceived impact of equality and equity in medical education by junior doctors in the UK
  1. Lisa Massey1,2,
  2. Muhammed Rafay Siddiqui3,
  3. Shalini Shirazi3,
  4. Catherine Hayes4,
  5. Yitka Graham4,
  6. Stella Vig3
  1. 1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
  2. 2University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  3. 3Department of General Surgery, Croydon University Hospital, Croydon, UK
  4. 4Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Catherine Hayes, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK; Catherine.hayes{at}


This exploratory study was undertaken to provide an insight into issues of equality and equity that UK junior doctors perceive in relation to being able to achieve a work–life balance within educational and clinical practice. A survey with 443 junior doctors was conducted between May 2018 and September 2019. Thematic analysis of open question responses alongside correlative analyses were used to highlight issues in equity and equality faced by junior doctors. The survey revealed 77% were junior doctors in Health Education England (HEE) posts. 59% were noti n personal relationships, 60% had no children, 38% perceived the national recruitment process as helpful and 70% perceived HEE did not impact on their training. 72% had no personal barriers and 77% felt the role eas not a barrier. 1% identified no barriers. The research raised important implications for redress of equality and equity issues for all within inclusive postgraduate training in the UK.

  • education and training
  • medical education & training

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  • Contributors LM and SV designed the study. MRS and SS undertook the literature review. LM and SV analysed the data and compiled the results. CH and YG analysed data, wrote, compiled and edited the manuscript for publication on behalf of the research team.

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