Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’

Poor morale among doctors could put patients at risk, the General Medical Council has warned. | Story via BBC

stethoscope-1584223_960_720The GMC’s latest annual report into the state of medical education and practice in the UK has  said there was “a state of unease within the medical profession across the UK that risks affecting patients as well as doctors”.

The GMC noted that following the anger and frustration of the dispute between junior doctors in England and the Department of Health, levels of alienation “should cause everyone to pause and reflect”.

The GMC criticised healthcare funding, saying that years of constraint coupled with social care pressures were leaving services struggling to cope with rising demand.

NHS Employers, which represents management in the health service, said the report highlighted the need for skilled foreign workers in the NHS, adding: “We welcome the insight the report gives into the huge financial and service pressures the NHS is under.”

The Department of Health said listening to the concerns of staff was central to plans to improve services.

The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2016:

Full report

Executive summary

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