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Junior doctors to be quizzed on patient safety

23rd May 2012

A national survey of junior doctors is to quiz them on the issue of patient safety.

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It is the first time trainee doctors in the UK have been given the opportunity to raise concerns in this way over the safety of their patients.

The annual National Training Survey has been organised by the GMC and it wants every one of the country’s 55,000 trainee doctors - who provide much of the basic care in the NHS - to complete the questions.

While the survey generally asks new doctors about the quality of their training they receive, the questions on any concerns over patient safety are new.

GMC Chief Executive Niall Dickson said: “This survey provides us with first hand views of a key group of doctors who are vital both to frontline care and to the future of the profession in this country.

“And, like all doctors, they have a crucial role in making sure patients are safe and receive the best quality of care – and that includes raising concerns when they feel that patient safety is at risk.”

More than 87% of trainees completed the survey last year, but this year the number of questions has been halved and can be completed online only.

In general last year most doctors felt they were being well trained but they did also raise several concerns, including insufficient time for training and the requirement to take on tasks beyond their competence.

The results of the survey are due to be published in July.

 

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