GMC reports on doctors' training welcomed by employers

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05 / 12 / 2013 Midnight

NHS Employers welcomes the General Medical Council’s doctors training report.

Responding to the General Medical Council’s two ‘National training survey 2013’ reports published today, Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“These are very insightful reports that get further into the detail of some key issues in medical care. We know doctors can work in stressful situations, especially when vacancies exist or demand for care rises, but everyone would recognise that it is unacceptable for this to spill over into bullying.

“It’s clear that new doctors are joining the health service to provide compassionate, high quality care and have a desire to report concerns. We need a working culture that always recognises and sustains that ambition. The major annual NHS Staff Survey tells us that staff know how to raise concerns and feel increasingly confident to raise issues that affect them and their patients. We now urgently need senior doctors to address why reporting levels are highest at the start of doctors’ careers so that we can better understand what’s causing this.

“We look forward to working with the GMC to help increase staff confidence in reporting concerns, to provide guidance to assist those who are bullied, and to rigorously address bullying behaviour.”

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