Women significantly underrepresented in senior positions across NHS, report finds

Just one in four chief financial officers for NHS trusts is a woman, and just over a quarter of medical directors (PA)
Just one in four chief financial officers for NHS trusts is a woman, and just over a quarter of medical directors (PA)

Women are substantially underrepresented in senior positions across the NHS, despite accounting for 75 per cent of the health service’s workforce, a report has found.

Just one in four chief financial officers for NHS trusts is a woman, and just over a quarter of medical directors. The lowest proportion of women in board-level positions was at ambulance trusts, at just 39 per cent.

Health professionals hit out at the report’s findings — arguing it was critical for NHS leaders to be representative of the population it looks after.

Researchers at the NHS Confederation, the membership body for organisations that provide NHS services, found women would have to be in an extra 150 executive and non-executive directorships to reach the European Commission’s definition of gender balance of 40 to

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Most Businesses Weathering COVID-19 Storm, Survey Finds

Despite the challenging hand small business owners and managers have been dealt by the pandemic, a majority said they were beginning to feel positive about their prospects at the year’s halfway mark.

Through a series of surveys conducted since 2012, financial management firm Principal Financial Group has been tracking the progress and perceptions of businesses with two to 10,000 employees. The latest survey, fielded in early to mid June, saw the vast majority of business leaders reporting their enterprises were stable or better, despite the economic fallout from the health crisis.

Businesses holding steady

When asked about the current state of their financials…

  • 49% of respondents said their business was stable
  • 41% said their business was growing

Only 8% said their business was declining, and 2% said they were struggling to stay afloat.

Looking just at small businesses (those with two to 499 employees)…

  • 53% of respondents said their
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