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Senior doctors must support junior colleagues, say medical royal colleges

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4971 (Published 13 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4971
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

Senior doctors must ensure that their junior colleagues feel supported while the dispute over the junior doctor contract continues, leaders of the medical royal colleges have said.

Last week the Royal College of Anaesthetists issued a statement saying that it was “crucial that trainees are, and feel, supported at this time.”1 The college said that doctors who felt “overwhelmed” should talk to fellow trainees, family, and friends, meet their supervisors, tutors, or mentors, and use available support schemes. “It is important that as a profession we remain united in caring for each other,” it said. “Look after yourselves and each other.”

The statement was signed by Liam Brennan, president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, along with other senior members of the college, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and …

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