The General Medical Council (GMC) has published results from its 2019 national training survey, which shows that there has been some improvement in reducing workloads of trainee doctors. However, the RCP is calling on trusts to take immediate action to solve issues around rota gaps and creating a safe and supportive environment for doctors.
In response to the GMC’s 2019 national training survey, co-chairs of the RCP Trainees Committee Dr Michael Fitzpatrick and Dr Matthew Roycroft, said:
‘We welcome the report’s findings that improvements have been made to reduce the workloads faced by doctors. However, it is absolutely unacceptable that over a quarter of doctors still lose out on training opportunities because of rota gaps. It is crucial that trusts do more to ensure that doctors gain the skills, knowledge, experience, and attributes they will need to lead the NHS in the decades to come.
‘It is also appalling that over half of trainee doctors (53.3%) received less than six weeks’ notice of their rota in advance of starting their post, demonstrating no improvement from last year. Trusts ought to take action to rectify this issue, which can be easily resolved.
‘It is shocking that doctors still report being unable to find adequate spaces to rest, and that over half have difficulty accessing suitable catering when working out-of-hours. These problems are further exacerbated by the fact that many trainee doctors are unsure about who within their organisation they should approach with concerns about their health and wellbeing. These issues must be addressed urgently, so doctors can continue to provide safe and effective care.’