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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

  • 76% of respondents in England disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: "the internal market improves patient outcomes"
  • 54% of respondents were aware of changes to mental health provision in their area, with most of these reporting that service provision has decreased
  • 70% of respondents thought that the introduction of charges for overseas visitors will have a moderate or significant negative impact on vulnerable groups
  • 42% of respondents described their morale as being low or very low, compared to only 22% of respondents who described morale as being high or very high
  • 57% of respondents report a decline in applications for positions in their departments from non-UK nationals, since the 2016 vote to leave the European Union
  • GPs remain the most likely to report working outside their regular hours "very often"

Quarterly survey Q2 2018

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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