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BMA NI comment on GMC training report

Commenting on the GMC training environments report released today, Dr Stephen McAleer, BMA Northern Ireland junior doctors committee chair said,

“The GMC focus on ensuring training is a positive experience for junior doctors is welcome, but it is deeply concerning although not unsurprising to see that many junior doctors are reporting burnout. Junior doctors comprise 45% of the medical workforce, however, we have fewer junior doctors than ever working in an increasingly pressurised environment that is in dire need of transformation.

“When a doctor is working in an understaffed department, not getting enough notice of their next set of shifts, and not receiving a proper induction to a new working environment, this is bound to be detrimental to their wellbeing and will affect how they feel about the quality of their postgraduate medical training.

“We know that in Northern Ireland, 43.1% of junior doctors are doing the work of two or more doctors due to the severe shortage of doctors of all grades and in all specialties. Over half of junior doctors have reported regularly working many hours beyond those rostered.

“In a recent BMA NI survey, one in five junior doctors said they were unable to take their full entitlement of annual leave, and more than half of junior doctors face difficulties when trying to book leave due to service demands. More than three quarters of junior doctors are completing workplace-based assessments at home, and not having the opportunity to enjoy time away from the stressful clinical setting. This makes it difficult to retain our medical workforce.

“The BMA continues to work to support junior doctors both with contractual protections and support for their wellbeing in a system under pressure. There is a clear need to address immediate system pressures and understaffing to give doctors and patients the support they deserve.”


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