Senior doctors need to do more to boost juniors’ morale

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3896 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3896
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

After the announcement that a new contract for junior doctors in England will be introduced despite their opposition, many believe that the support of senior doctors will be crucial to help improve morale. Abi Rimmer reports

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on Wednesday 6 July that there would be a phased introduction of the new contract for junior doctors in England, starting in October.1 The news came after the BMA announced that 58% of junior doctors had voted to reject the proposed contract. After the announcement that the contract would be introduced, doctors called on senior clinicians to do more to support their colleagues in training.2

Seniors “not there” for juniors

Partha Kar, a diabetes and endocrinology consultant, said that beyond the issue of the new contract there had arisen a belief among many junior doctors of “seniors not necessarily being there for them—whether it be in an educational context, rotas, or simple day to day working.” He said, “We all lead busy lives. But as a senior, in my opinion, beyond being a specialist to our patients a big part of our role sits in the pastoral side and in the ability …

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