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Allowing more doctors to work less than full time could reduce burnout, says royal college

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 27 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5778
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Flexible working patterns can help to prevent burnout and retain doctors in the NHS, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has said.

The college’s Trainees and Members’ Committee emailed 4200 medical trainees in the UK last November to survey them about their working conditions.1 They received 631 responses, a response rate of 15%.

The survey found that while 15% of trainees already worked less than full time (LTFT), two thirds (66%) of those who currently worked full time were considering reducing their hours in the future. …

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