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Doctors are mostly happy in their work, but concerned at staffing levels, survey shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:797
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    A major survey of 156 000 NHS staff shows that most medical and dental consultants are happy with the recognition they receive for their work and that more are satisfied with their level of pay than are not.

    Of the 9210 medical and dental staff who responded to a question in the Healthcare Commission’s survey about the recognition they got for their work, 68% said they were either satisfied or very satisfied. This compared with 35% of the 46 800 nursing and midwifery staff who responded.

    For level of pay, 48% of medical and dental staff were satisfied or very satisfied. Only 28% said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied, and 24% were neither dissatisfied nor satisfied.

    The response rate to the survey, carried out in all 391 NHS trusts in England during October and December 2007, was 54%, which …

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