GMC publish findings of review into bullying of junior doctors

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06 / 3 / 2015 2.16pm

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published its findings of a review into the bullying and undermining of doctors in training. 

The review focused on the two specialties identified as having the most issues with bullying and undermining: obstetrics and gynaecology, and surgery. 

The GMC gathered views from a representative sample of 12 UK hospitals where concerns had previously been aired through the national survey, meeting with several staff groups including junior doctors, medical education directors, senior doctors and management teams.

Factors that were found to contribute to bullying and undermining are:

  • feeling undervalued by their employers due to lack of knowledge
  • difficulty in raising concerns to senior doctors
  • being caught in arguments due to lack of leadership among senior doctors.

Broad themes that contribute to a safe and positive working environment include:

  • effective senior leadership
  • good communication with junior doctors and acknowledging training issues
  • strong clinical leadership
  • appropriate time and resources for training.

Further information and the full report can be downloaded from the GMC website. Raising concerns at work information can also be found on our web pages, along with details of our ‘Draw the Line: Raising concerns event in April 2015.

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