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“Crying in a cupboard”: Five minutes with . . . Sarah Abrams

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 24 March 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p708
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

At a World Health Organization summit on healthcare workforce shortages across Europe and Central Asia, Sarah Abrams spoke about being a junior doctor in the UK right now

“I’m only 18 months into my training, and I can already feel the challenges that are leading to so many doctors leaving our profession. Our working conditions are poor and unsustainable. We are chronically understaffed and under-resourced. Pressures are growing, driven by an ageing population and the increasing demands of patients—pressures that have been exacerbated by the global pandemic.

“I’m regularly looking after two or even three times the number of patients I should be, and patient …

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