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Letters Why are doctors so unhappy?

Unhappy doctors: changing the status woe

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 05 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m450
  1. Henry M J White, foundation year 1 doctor1,
  2. Matthew Kane, fourth year medical student2
  1. 1North Middlesex University Hospital, London N18 1QX, UK
  2. 2Norwich Medical School, Norwich, UK
  1. henry.white3{at}

Mathew is right to speak up against the narrative of despondence that seems to colour our profession.1 For too long inquiries have focused on what makes doctors unhappy instead of looking at how to improve wellbeing. High stakes, unsociable working hours, and …

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