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BMA Survey Finds 8 Out Of 10 Doctors Are At Risk Of Burnout

More than a quarter of NHS doctors suffer from mental health conditions, a survey indicates, as leading medics say many refuse to seek help for fear it will ruin their career. The British Medical Association (BMA) today warns of a mental health “crisis” among the workforce, with 27 per cent having received a psychiatric diagnosis. The union says long hours and heavy workloads fuelled by rota gaps and increasing patient demand are pushing thousands of doctors towards “burnout”. However, BMA leaders also say that an old-fashioned working culture means doctors fear admitting vulnerability.

Commenting on the survey results Professor Dinesh Bhugra, BMA President, said: “This report shines an important light on the alarming mental health crisis currently burdening the medical workforce as the link between the current pressures on doctors and poor mental health can no longer be ignored.”

He added: “As the people who are entrusted with caring for the health of others, doctors often feel particularly vulnerable or unable to come forward and seek help for fear of judgement and or any perceived ramifications a declaration of poor mental health may have on their prospective career.” 23.4.19

Read the full report here 

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