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Senior NHS doctors face huge burden of work related illness, researchers find

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 26 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2603
  1. Matt Limb
  1. BMJ Careers

Senior UK doctors have disclosed a huge burden of work related ill health and feelings of being unsupported by the NHS, a study has found.

Hundreds of doctors near the end of their careers reported experiencing chronic physical or mental stress, and many said that the NHS did not respond well when they became ill.

The researchers said that more GPs than hospital doctors reported problems and that older doctors in particular “need support to be able to continue successfully in their careers.”

The research was carried out by the UK Medical Careers Research Group at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Population Health and was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.1 …

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