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Covid-19: BMA demands better psychological support for trainees

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1199 (Published 11 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1199

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  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The government, the NHS, and education bodies must provide better support for trainee doctors to deal with the psychological effects of the covid-19 pandemic, the BMA has said.

Speaking at the BMA’s junior doctor conference on 8 May, Sarah Hallett, chair of the association’s Junior Doctors Committee, warned that staff wellbeing must be taken more seriously.

A BMA survey in April found that more than 40% of junior doctors (295 of 721) said they were experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, or burnout that had been worsened by the pandemic, while 60% …

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