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Nearly half of UK young doctors say stress levels rose last year

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 02 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2826
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Specialty trainees and newly qualified GPs are experiencing rising levels of stress and a deteriorating work-life balance, while changes to the structure of the NHS and to the NHS pension scheme are eroding morale, research published on Thursday 2 May has found.

Nearly half (44%) of the 368 doctors that the BMA surveyed last September said that their stress levels were worse or much worse than they were a year before, while similar proportions said that work-life balance and morale had worsened (39% and 40%, respectively).

The BMA suggests that the “rapid, evolving change” that the NHS experienced in 2011 and 2012—with the reorganisation of …

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