The health of the medical profession is one of the most important issues facing the NHS today. It is clear that doctors' health is being affected by the ever-increasing demands of their work - morale is low, stress levels have increased, burnout is an all too real risk.
The same goes for medical students, who have to deal with stress, sleep deprivation, academic rigour, exposure to traumatic clinical situations and debt.
When I became President of the BMA in June, I knew I wanted to use my time to do something to help. That is why I am launching a new BMA survey today, on World Mental Health Day, to find out how you as doctors and students are feeling and coping, and whether you can get the support you need.
We will use what you tell us to identify where change is needed and to lobby governments, employers and educators to prioritise the wellbeing of doctors and medical students.
I do hope you will take the survey and tell us how you are feeling. It should take no more than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous.
The survey is being sent to all BMA members across the UK but we are keen to hear from as many doctors and medical students as possible, so please let your colleagues and fellow students know that they can also take part.
Many thanks for your time.
Dinesh Bhugra CBE
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Health and wellbeing report
To coincide with World Mental Health Day, we have published a new report on supporting doctors' health and wellbeing at work.
The report sets out the physical and mental health challenges faced by doctors, the benefits of a healthy workforce and makes recommendations for improvements.
Find out more