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Letters Burnout

Tackling burnout in UK trainee doctors is vital for a sustainable, safe, high quality NHS

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3705
  1. Judith Johnson, lecturer1,
  2. Chris Bu, foundation doctor year 22,
  3. Maria Panagioti, senior research fellow3
  1. 1University of Leeds and Bradford Institute for Health Research, School of Psychology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  2. 2Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3NIHR School for Primary Care Research, NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  1. j.johnson{at}

We read the findings of the General Medical Council’s survey on burnout in trainee and trainer doctors with great interest.1 Increasing evidence indicates that doctor wellbeing is a marker of the quality of care delivered to patients. These results therefore raise concerns about patient care. We have shown a consistent link between healthcare staff burnout …

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