All for medicine. Gender, Time and Professional Identity in Hospital Medicine in the UK
School of Medicine Health Policy and Practice University of East Anglia Norwich, UK
Norwich Business School University of East Anglia Norwich, UK
Sociology University of Bristol Bristol, UK
School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education Cardiff University Cardiff, UK
Discourses of gender equality in medicine are constructed upon the numerical feminisation of the profession and the availability of flexible approaches to medical training and work. However, we demonstrate in this paper that gendered constructions of time regulate identity of medical professionalism, rendering female doctors and their temporal patterns of work problematic and risky for the status of the profession and the quality of patient care.
Drawing on narrative analysis of 20 interviews with senior National Health Service (NHS) hospital doctors, this paper discusses the way gendered discourses of time serves to inform the meaning and value that hospital doctors give to medical professionalism.
Informed by post-structuralist theory, this paper makes visible the normalisation of gendered conceptions of time, and as such reveals that gendered discourses of time are implicit but yet important sources of gendered inequalities which remained resistant to critique.