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Doctors pushed beyond their limit as GMC report highlights need for more supportive culture says BMA

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 council chair Dr. Chaand Nagpaul said:

 “The NHS is now in a year-round state of crisis as years of underinvestment, a perpetual lack of resources, and a workforce crisis has taken its toll on the mental health of doctors.

“Indeed, the findings of a recent BMA survey found that an alarming eight in ten doctors surveyed were at high, or very high, risk of burnout.

“There is a worrying cycle at play as the mental health crisis among the workforce, and resulting absenteeism, places further pressure on the system - patient care and performance inevitably suffer.

“These pressurised environments give rise to a climate of fear as many doctors carry the burden of having to often deliver care in near-impossible circumstances without the necessary support.

“We welcome that the GMC report has endorsed what the BMA believes to be crucial recommendations such as the BMA Fatigue and Facilities charter and NHS Employers’ and Good Rostering Guide, to ensure better working conditions.

“Employers have a duty of care to ensure a healthy work environment and we would like to see the swift implementation of the BMA Mental Wellbeing Charter across the country to ensure a caring and supportive environment.

“While medical schools and trusts have a key role to play, the Government has a significant responsibility to invest in the NHS to alleviate the unsustainable pressure on services which is pushing doctors beyond their limit.”


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The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

  1. Read more about BMA mental wellbeing charter and mental health survey here.
  2. Read more about the BMA fatigue and facilities charter here.
  3. Read more about BMA rostering guidance here.
  4. Read more about the BMA’s Caring, Supportive, Collaborative project here.
  5. For more information on the report please contact: The GMC Press Office can be contacted on 020 7189 5454, or email [email protected]

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