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Junior doctors reporting low morale

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stressed doctorDoctors are reporting low morale amid rising work demands and the ongoing financial squeeze affecting clinical care, a BMA survey reveals.

More than 40 per cent of doctors said their morale was low in the latest BMA quarterly survey.

GPs reported the lowest morale, with an average score of 2.38 when ranking morale from one (low) to five (high), and there was a significant fall in morale of junior doctors from the previous quarter.

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Physician assistants role to be doubled, says DH

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The NHS is to expand the use of ‘physician assistants’ and double the number of training places, the Department of Health in England has announced.

There are over 200 physician assistants across the UK working in a range of different healthcare settings. Although limited in that they are unable to prescribe or order diagnostic tests they can assist with patient histories and basic examinations.

 

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News in Brief

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JUNIOR ROTA PAYOUT

43 FY1s working on a surgical rota at Arrowe Park Hospital Wirral will share a £38,850 payout after a diary monitoring exercise of their working patterns found they were being underpaid. Following talks between the BMA and the trust, the trainees’ rota was uplifted from a 1B rota with 40 per cent pay banding to 2B with 50 per cent banding. Trainees who worked on the rota between August 2013 and May this year were unable to finish shifts on time or take natural breaks.

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One in 10 trainees plan to emigrate in next year, says survey

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More than one in 10 newly qualified GPs (12%) is intending to leave the country in the next year, a survey shows.

The finding from a survey of 2,000 GP trainees has sparked renewed calls from the BMA for urgent action to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis in general practice.

The survey by Wessex local medical committees shows 12 per cent of the 700 doctors who became fully qualified GPs this summer intend to leave the country within 12 months. Around 5 per cent of those GPs cited burnout or exhaustion in their comments and 83 per cent had negative impressions of general practice.

 

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Major consultation to improve public confidence in doctors

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Doctors who have harmed patients could face sanctions even if they can show they have subsequently improved their practice in serious cases, according to the GMC.

It is one of a number of far-reaching proposals aimed to protect patients and uphold public confidence in the medical profession. Under the proposals, doctors could face restrictions on their practice, suspension or even have their registration removed if, for example, it is shown that they knew or should have known they were causing harm to patients in serious cases. This could happen even if they had subsequently improved their practice.