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Rude behaviour towards SAS doctors is unacceptable, says GMC

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 09 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m84
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

About one in four doctors in specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and “locally employed” (LE) roles experience rudeness, incivility, belittling, and humiliation in the workplace, a survey by the General Medical Council indicates.1

Over 6400 doctors took part in the GMC’s first ever survey of SAS and LE doctors (a response rate of 13.5%), split almost equally between SAS doctors (3151) and doctors working in an LE post (3316) and representing around a quarter of the UK’s SAS doctors and 10% of LE doctors. LE doctors can have a range of contracts and job titles, often for a fixed term. Many have recently completed their foundation training and will return to …

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