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Evidence of the perilous state of the NHS' medical workforce.
Patient safety is at risk because there are not enough doctors or clinicians to fully staff services and meet patient demand. The BMA continues to highlight the latest data and evidence directly from doctors on the current pressures being faced by the NHS. We also provide BMA members facing overwork and fatigue with guidance and individual support.
Throughout 2018, we highlighted the serious impact of the woeful underfunding of the NHS, with rapidly growing demand wholly outstripping capacity.
The NHS in England is struggling to meet targets. See the data, our analysis and check the heatmap.
Last winter we used your experiences, more than 160 individual stories in total, to paint a picture of a health service under extreme pressure. Read our resulting feature, which was shortlisted for a national award.
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.
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.
The NHS crisis has been widely reported in the national media.