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Junior doctors’ low morale is putting patients at risk, Royal College of Physicians warns

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 01 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6493
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Patient safety is suffering as a result of poor staff morale and excessive stress, a survey of junior doctors has found.

On Thursday 1 December the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) published a report, Being a junior doctor. Experiences from the front line of the NHS, based on a survey of 498 junior doctors.1

The report said that junior doctors were experiencing high levels of stress because of rota gaps, poor access to basic facilities, and a growing workload. “One in four junior doctors say that their role has had a serious …

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