Responding to the Caring for doctors, Caring for patients report by the GMC which identifies a need to address the wellbeing of doctors faced with higher workloads, BMA Welsh council chair Dr David Bailey said:
“Doctors in Wales have been faced with unprecedented workloads for a number of years - coupled with serious staffing shortages, this has inevitably taken a toll on their own health and well-being. Morale is at an all-time low, stress at an all-time high.
“Unfortunately, what this creates is a cycle; if doctors burn out and the result is absenteeism, this places further pressures on the system, meaning patient care and performance will suffer.
“We welcome that the GMC report has endorsed what BMA Cymru Wales believes to be crucial recommendations - adopting minimum standards of food and rest facilities, and standardising rota designs to take account of workload and available staff.
“BMA Cymru Wales is currently working in partnership with Welsh Government and NHS Employers, to develop a Fatigue and Facilities Charter, to ensure NHS Wales is a safe and supportive place to work for doctors in training – this will be launched imminently.
“We are also calling for safe staffing levels to be enshrined in Welsh legislation, as part of the Quality and Engagement (Wales) Bill currently making its way through the Assembly. This would go some way to improving unacceptable pressures facing the workforce.
“The safety of patients depends on staff working in a safe and supportive environment. We are pleased that this report recognises that, and urge Welsh Government to take heed.”
For further information please contact:
BMA Cymru Wales, Fifth floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 2047 4626
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Email: Carla Murphy ([email protected])