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Future vision for the NHS: all member survey

Following the launch of its all member survey in the spring 2018, the BMA has published a report highlighting how the views expressed by doctors will contribute to developing a positive vision for what a caring, supportive, and collaborative health and care system should look like.

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Doctors are the best placed to understand what is currently happening at the frontline of the NHS, and the BMA believes that they should therefore be at the forefront of shaping its future.

In May and June 2018, doctors across the UK were invited to share their views on a range of issues affecting their working lives and focusing on three themes: culture, structure and workforce.

The report sets out the responses we received, which together provide a clear picture of the challenges and opportunities facing doctors in the NHS today.

Just under 8,000 members completed this comprehensive survey. See what our members said below.


Future vision survey results

Healthcare systems

Caring, supportive, collaborative survey infographics

Future workforce

Caring, supportive, collaborative survey infographics

A supportive culture

Caring, supportive, collaborative survey infographics

The results reveal that many doctors feel they are working in a non- supportive environment, where patient safety can at times be jeopardised and learning and reflection discouraged.

They also demonstrate the dire consequences of insufficient funding, medical personal, support staff, beds and equipment on the doctors working conditions and patient treatments. The results also point out the damaging impact of poor lines of communication and IT support on the efforts to encourage greater innovation and collaboration in our health services.

The BMA believes a new and bold approach is needed: one that prioritises patient safety over top down targets, removes barriers to collaboration and innovation, and replaces a culture of blame with a culture of learning. Achieving this will require a major shift in how the NHS operates, with a renewed focus on ensuring that staff are valued and supported.

The findings and recommendations set out in this report are a starting point for a much wider conversation – about how we can change the NHS for the better and empower those who work in it to do what they do best: provide outstanding care for patients.


Member survey results - Scotland 2018

The survey’s results in Scotland found that a substantial majority of doctors in Scotland feel that patient care is being given lower priority in Scotland’s NHS than both finances and national targets. The report also highlights concerns over excessive workload pressures making it difficult to retain staff and a belief that staffing levels have deteriorated in the last year.
See the results