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Doctors are working five unpaid extra weeks a year, claim leaders

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 21 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5092
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Some doctors are working an extra five weeks a year for no extra money owing to relentlessly growing demand and understaffing, the Royal College of Physicians has said.

The college published a report on 21 September in which it made several stark warnings about the extreme pressures currently on the NHS.1

The report was based on the latest national data for the NHS and drew on the experiences, views, and concerns of consultant and trainee physicians surveyed for the college. It painted a picture of an NHS struggling to cope under the increasing …

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