Views & Reviews No Holds Barred

Fed up with forms

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2519 (Published 02 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2519
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. margaret{at}margaretmccartney.com

Where’s the joy in medicine? Junior doctors are the scaffolding that supports the great weight of the NHS. We who use and work in the NHS should cherish them through their stress and sleep deprivation. But thanks to the medical leadership of the past decade, junior doctorhood has been emptied of professional pride and filled with multiple bits of paper to check “competencies.” The feedback forms, 360° appraisals, team assessments of behaviour, and end of placement reports are the tick box nonsense to which we now subject them.

For me, several years removed from training, the stony bureaucracy and burdensome administration are astonishing. Modern shift patterns have broken teams where peer …

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