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Doctors' morale low

12th April 2007

A survey for Hospital Doctor magazine has revealed that over 50% of doctors experience low morale at work.


Many blame their low spirits on NHS reforms and government targets.

The study indicated that from the 1,400 doctors polled, 69% would not recommend a career in medicine. The respondents also thought morale had fallen since the previous year.

This survey differs from the Healthcare Commission's NHS staff survey, commissioned by the government, which found over 75% of medical staff were "generally satisfied."

More than half of the doctors polled thought morale was "poor" or "terrible", and only 2% described it as "excellent." Nearly half of the doctors polled indicated they were displeased with how the government had restructured hospital services.

63% of respondents felt that modifications to their workloads had an adverse effect on morale. Nearly half of those polled thought the changes introduced to specialist training for junior doctors had created "terrible" morale.

The Department of Health responded: "We know that there have been problems with the recruitment process into specialty programmes and apologise for the stress this is causing junior doctors."

The statement asserted that training for doctors was under scrutiny from the review group to ensure: "the very best doctors get training posts and that they are recruited into these posts fairly through a transparent application system."

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Karen McDonald

Wednesday 18th April 2007 @ 22:10

Common sense dictates that only the best training creates the best doctors, not vice versa - the best doctors get training posts.. that's crazy!


Thursday 19th April 2007 @ 15:48

It is not only the Doctors and Nurses who suffer from low morale. Every professional within the service is suffering from the continual restructuring and changes that are happening.

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Article Information

Title: Doctors' morale low
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2516
Date Added: 12th Apr 2007


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