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One in five doctors feels overwhelmed daily by covid and winter pressures, RCP reports

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 12 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o86

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 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 …

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