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Quarterly survey Q1 2019

Key findings include:

  • Similar to previous BMA quarterly surveys, resource scarcity and its impact on doctors’ working lives was a key theme. Specific issues covered under this theme included a lack of staff, low staff morale and poor IT infrastructure.
  • Similar issues were seen as the biggest impediments to the achievement of the ambitions set out in the long-term plan for the NHS in England. Inadequate IT systems were also frequently mentioned.
  • Half of respondents told us the buildings in which they work are not up to a standard to provide high-quality patient care.
  • Opinion was split on the usefulness of the four-hour wait target in Accident and Emergency, with 53% thinking the target had a neutral impact on patient care, and 31% saying it had a negative impact. Just 1% thought the target had a positive effect on workload. Asked what should happen to the target, the most popular choices were for it to either be scrapped or differentiated for those presenting with minor ailments.

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  • Four-hour wait target in A&E

    When respondents were asked what they think should happen to the four-hour wait target, the most popular choices were for the target to either be scrapped or differentiated for those presenting with minor ailments. 36% of hospital doctors believe the target has a negative effect on the quality of care.

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  • NHS long-term plan

    Most respondents (84%) have had no involvement with planning how the health system in their local area will meet the ambitions of the long-term plan.

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  • Buildings and estates

    Half of respondents thought that the buildings where they work are not fit to provide high-quality patient care.

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  • Current morale

    This quarter, 39% of respondents described their morale as being low or very low.

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  • Current workload

    Consistent with all previous editions of the survey, GPs remain the most likely to report working outside their regular hours "very often".

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