A Herald investigation into the treatment of female doctors is highlighting sexism and a ‘boys club’ culture in our health system.
It finds 70% of senior doctors, and leadership roles in our DHBs are filled by men.
And people the Herald spoke to say gender bias in the health system can kill when women's symptoms differ from men's and get misdiagnosed.
Emma Russell is the Herald reporter who's led this investigation and she told Heather du Plessis- Allan she's heard numerous stories of sexism against female doctors.
“Female doctors being told to resign when they get pregnant, being ignored in department meetings, being called aggressive or hormonal when they express strong opinions."