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Evidence of the perilous state of the NHS' medical workforce.
In both primary and secondary care, the NHS in England is routinely overwhelmed by pressures, with funding increasingly falling short of the level required to meet growing demand. The BMA continues to highlight the latest data and evidence directly from doctors on the current pressures being faced by the NHS, as well as anticipating likely levels of demand and performance and making related recommendations. We also provide BMA members facing overwork and fatigue with guidance and individual support.
Lack of recovery from summer, combined with other factors means the NHS in England is facing a 'perfect storm' this winter. Read our latest projections.
The NHS in England is struggling to meet targets. See the data, our analysis and check the heatmap.
GP surgeries in England are under significant and growing strain with rising demand, as our data shows.
We want to hear about your experiences of working in understaffed situations and of any individual or collective efforts to bring about positive change in your place of work.
Your first-hand account of life working in the NHS could make all the difference as we continue to call for better working conditions for staff, safer patient care and urge the Government to adequately support NHS employers with the resources they need. Read comments and experiences from doctors working last winter.
Share your story
Don't be afraid to report exceptions to your rotas and working hours. See our step-by-step guides.
See our tips and guidance on helping you to manage fatigue at this stressful time.
At times of extreme workloads and winter pressures, don't forget to look after yourself as well as your patients.
Doctors have a duty to raise concerns about patient safety. Get advice on how to handle these situations.
Please share your views, give your opinions and see what others in the profession are thinking.
We exist to support our members in their professional lives. Contact our advisers to get help with your employment queries.
What needs to change to improve care for patients and the working lives of doctors? As the only medical organisation that represents all doctors and medical students in the UK, we have drawn on their experiences to find the answers. In this manifesto for health, we have set out our priorities for any incoming government.
Read our manifesto
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