Nationally, only 19 per cent of consultants are women, and this drops to 4 per cent among surgeons, despite the fact that 52 per cent of medical students are female. Additionally, 85 per cent of women doctors have children. If these mothers had been among Mr Wisheart's colleagues, would they have permitted things to go as far as they did?
There is an immediately accessible way of changing the hospital culture: appoint more women to consultants' jobs.
JANEY HUBER FRCS