NHS Employers comments on GMC National Training Survey 2013


12 / 6 / 2013 Midnight

Dean Royles says feedback shows positive results and it is really important to get the experience right for junior doctors.

Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

"This survey acts as a key barometer of the support that junior doctors receive and the standards of care that patients have access to. 

"This year's feedback shows some really positive results, improving year on year, particularly greater support for junior doctors to raise concerns, and greater supervision support. However, the barometer reading is clearly highlighting a need for change to contracts of employment for doctors.

"It is really important that we get the experience right for junior doctors - this is a fundamental cornerstone of providing the best possible patient care. 

"The GMC's survey has highlighted some concerns about handovers at night and weekend. It's clear that we need to make sure the channels of communication between staff groups are working well and we have more consultants on duty and present so care for patients is as seamless and as safe as possible, regardless of the time of day. 

"The feedback on workload also raises cause for concern. The number of junior doctors saying they are working beyond agreed hours provides further compelling evidence of the need to change the contractual arrangements for both junior doctors and consultants. Current arrangements are clearly impacting on care and need doctors to recognise the urgent need to change." 

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