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Foundation Year Doctors need more support.

Authors
  • Chandler, E R1
  • Briggs, Eje1
  • Whitfield, H N2
  • 1 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK.
  • 2 King Edward VII Hospital, London, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medico-legal journal
Publication Date
Nov 21, 2019
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0025817219882298
PMID: 31750767
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The introduction of new rotas, rota gaps, poor handover arrangements, the junior hospital doctors' strike, the imposition of a new contract after a four-year period of contract negotiation, the Bawa-Garba case, the abolition of the "Firm", poor rest facilities and bullying have all contributed to eroding the morale of junior doctors. The retention of newly registered doctors is falling. Recent evidence shows that in 2010 83% of Foundation Year 2's went straight into training compared to 38% in 2018. This study was undertaken to assess the extent to which the plans and intentions of current Foundation Year Doctors have been influenced by recent history. With the large volume of complaints and their associated costs on the NHS, the study included questions to identify whether junior doctors feel prepared to deal with the medico-legal issues.

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