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According to the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS), 64% of people accepted on to medicine and dentistry degree courses in the UK were women (2020 data).The proportions of both female consultants and trainees are increasing steadily and at a similar rate, however, there remains a large gap between the numbers of women who go into training and those that become consultants.

two graphic with the data of how the number of female identifying consultants have grown between 1991 and 2023

Image 1. Number of consultant female surgeons based on 2023 data from NHS Digital

bar chart displaying the number of women in each consultant specialty in the NHS
Image 2. Percentage of consultants who are female* within the following specialties:’ based on 2023 data from NHS Digital

More details on the numbers of women in surgery are available from NHS Digital.

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