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Junior doctors have concerns over patient safety

17th July 2012

A report published by the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed many junior doctors are worried about patient safety.


The GMC survey of 54,000 doctors found one in seven junior medics said they had been made to deal with issues "beyond their competence or experience".

One in 20 said they were concerned about patient safety at their place of work, which caused the GMC to state that there could be "some significant issues" at hospitals in Britain.

However junior doctors' overall satisfaction with their training increased from 78.8 out of 100 points to 80.4. 

The survey had 51,000 respondents and around 8,000 junior doctors said they had been made to deal with problems they had not been trained for and 2,500 said they were worried about patient safety.

The survey also showed junior medics were concerned about handovers between shifts, with 21.4% of respondents saying the handover was "informal" and 1.8% saying there was no handover. 

The report said: "It is too early to draw any firm conclusions from the patient safety concerns raised by trainees, but the fact that around five per cent did raise a concern of one kind or another does suggest that there may be some significant issues across the UK."

A Department of Health spokesman commented: "It is good to see that the vast majority of doctors - 95% - did not raise any concerns around patients safety."

"To further improve safety, we have already announced that this year all first year doctors will spend a minimum of four days shadowing the job they will be taking up in August." 



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