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Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey (formerly known as the omnibus or tracker survey).

Each quarter the survey focuses on topical issues as well covering questions on workload, morale and work-life balance, which are repeated every quarter.

The BMA's Public Health and Healthcare Delivery function (PHHD) creates the survey and analyses the results.


Key findings from our most recent survey

  • More than nine in 10 respondents think the NHS to be in a state of year-round crisis.
  • More than 40% of hospital doctors say that there are fewer beds available in the service in which they work, compared to one year ago.
  • Half of all respondents were positive about the impact of PCNs (primary care networks) upon integration of primary care and the wider system, but were more muted on other potential benefits.
  • Over half of GPs said that an ambulance had been delayed in reaching their practice very regularly or often, when called out during an emergency.
  • There remains little confidence in NHS 111 among doctors, with over two-thirds saying it is ineffective at directing patients to the right services.

Quarterly survey Q2 2019

See the results from our previous quarterly surveys


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We have already recruited 2,600 members to our online research panel and we want you to join them.

Members are asked to complete no more than six panel surveys per year and will have the chance to enter a prize draw in a number of surveys.

Our research has:

  • Informed official BMA responses to Government consultations
  • Supported our evidence to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB)
  • Been sent to BMA Council during industrial action on pensions.

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