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RCP comments on results of GMC national training survey

The RCP has commented on the publication of the General Medical Council’s national training survey.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Sir Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said:

“This year’s survey highlights the intense pressure that trainees continue to experience over two years after the start of the pandemic. Trainee doctors are a key part of the future of the NHS so it’s incredibly concerning to hear that two fifths of them feel a high degree of burn out and half find their work emotionally exhausting.

“The challenges facing the NHS are widely recognised, with 6.6 million people waiting for elective treatment. Our latest annual census of physicians also shows that 44% of current consultants are set to reach retirement age in the next 10 years, at a time when the demand for health and care will continue to increase as our population rapidly ages.

“It’s therefore imperative that NHS England keeps to the timetable for publishing the workforce strategy commissioned by the government. But, as I said last week, the lack of a clear plan for the NHS and social care in the plans laid out by those aspiring to be our Prime Minister really concerns me. Without concerted plans for how to keep people healthier and out of hospital in the first place, the demand for the NHS is just going to rise.”