COVID-19: analysing the impact of coronavirus on doctors

We are surveying our members to understand what doctors are experiencing so we can play this back to the Government. We highlight key findings from BMA surveys and access to results.
Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Friday 29 May 2020

Our surveys

We sent out our first survey at the beginning of April, our most recent survey closed on 14 May. 

In total, more than 10,000 doctors took part in our last survey. They continue to be vital in helping us tackle the issues doctors are experiencing on the ground and in providing the evidence we need to lobbying Government.

Survey results - 14 May 2020

Key findings

These findings are from a survey to UK doctors which closed on 14 May 2020 and was filled in by circa 10,000 doctors.

  • Over half of GPs and hospitals doctors are either not at all or not very confident that their own department will be able to manage patient demand as normal services are resumed, with nearly three-quarters of hospital doctors and 65% of GPs expressing the same concerns about care in community settings.
  • 12% of hospital doctors and 14% of GPs have been unable to work or had to reduce hours over lack of sufficient childcare.
  • Over half of all doctors said prioritisation of care available to patients with no COVID-19 symptoms was slightly or significantly worsening.

Response tracker

This document demonstrates how the responses which we’ve received on vital issues including PPE, testing and the NHS’s preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic have changed over the course of the four COVID-19 surveys which we’ve undertaken to date.

Campaigning for doctors during COVID-19

We are campaigning for protections for doctors fighting COVID-19. BMA priorities are:

  • PPE
  • Testing for healthcare workers
  • Expanding the workforce
  • Death in service protection


Our campaign
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