Tory MP: Women Doctors A 'Burden' On The NHS

05/06/2013 14:39 BST
Anne McIntosh, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Thirsk and Malton poses,on May 20, 2010 for a portrait at the Thirsk Rural Business Centre in Thirsk, in northern England. Britain's Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties share power in a good natured coalition in London, but their candidates fighting a by-election here are showing no such love for each other. The northern English constituency of Thirsk and Malton will go to the polls on Thursday, three weeks after the general election due to a postponement caused by the death of a candidate. Photo taken May 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Female doctors can be a "burden" on the health service as they often want to take time off work to have children, a Conservative MP has said.

Speaking during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday morning, Anne McIntosh admitted it was a "controversial" thing to say but hoped as a women she would be able to.

"Currently, some 70% of medical students are women and they are well educated and well qualified, but when they go into practice, many marry and have children—it is the normal course of events—and they then often want to work part time," she said.

Thirsk and Malton MP added: "Training what effectively might be two GPs working part time obviously puts a tremendous burden on the health service."

Healthy minister Anna Soubry said McIntosh made "an important point about the unintended consequences of the number of women training as doctors".