Concerns have been raised by the Welsh Conservatives after a survey revealed 86% of Welsh doctors agreed there is an issue of sexism in the NHS.
Some 70% of them said that it acted as a barrier to career progression, according to a survey carried out by the BMA.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Equalities, Altaf Hussain MS, said:
“This is a worrying survey, which only reinforces the need for sexism to be stamped out in all corners of society, including the workplace.
“Our doctors and medical professionals have given so much over the last 18 months so it’s particularly concerning to hear of their awful experiences working within the NHS, but all staff regardless of where they work should be treated with respect and dignity.
“Only recently it was uncovered that there were 3,000 vacancies in the Welsh NHS, so if we are going to recruit and retain staff to plug this huge gap then it is vital that they are made to feel welcome.
“The NHS needs to ensure that robust reporting practices are in place, and that all complaints are thoroughly investigated if we are to step up the fight to eliminate sexism.”