BMA responds to claims younger doctors refuse evening and weekend work

By agency reporter
September 23, 2018

Responding to an article in The Sun in which an anonymous NHS executive claimed younger doctors refusing to work evenings and weekends is what stops the NHS offering a 24 hour service, BMA junior doctor committee deputy chair Dr Hannah Barham-Brown said: “These inflammatory comments are intended to drive a wedge between junior doctors and our colleagues when, in fact, we’re speaking with one voice against the insufficient funding, chronic understaffing and underinvestment in our country’s health. 

“Doctors are telling us they need to take a break from their training to manage their own health and wellbeing and that there isn’t enough staff to care for patients adequately. It’s the failure to respect the workforce and its needs that has led to the staffing crisis we have. 

“This kind of backwards assessment, contrary to everything frontline workers are saying, is emblematic of the unsupportive culture that drives many doctors away and how we’ve found ourselves in this dire situation where staff are stretched so thinly it threatens the safety of patients and doctors.” 

In Autumn 2017, the BMA carried out a major UK-wide survey of doctors in training to better understand these issues which have relevance to contemporary medical careers and workforce planning. 

* Read a summary of the survey results, or download the full report here

* British Medical Association https://www.bma.org.uk/

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