One in five doctors feels overwhelmed daily by covid and winter pressures, RCP reportsBMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o86 (Published 12 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o86
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
Over two thirds of doctors (69%) have felt overwhelmed at work at least once in the past three weeks as rising covid cases and winter illnesses heap pressure on healthcare services, a survey by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has found.1
Of 1218 doctors who responded to the poll, a fifth (20.5%) said that they had felt overwhelmed almost every day during those three weeks. Some 21.5% had done so once or twice a week, and 27.5% had felt overwhelmed once or twice. The survey was conducted from 8 to 11 January 2022.
The college said that the results were probably due to high levels of staff absence which, although slightly improved …