NHS reality check: Update 2018 returns to last year's key report and once again gives over 1,500 doctors working in the NHS the chance to discuss their experiences of delivering care in the UK health service. The key finding for the 2018 update was that conditions had got worse and NHS staff, who have benefited from some of the best medical education in the world, were not able to provide the standard of care they have been trained to deliver.
Our recommendations for reducing pressure on doctors:
Our recommendations for retaining doctors in the NHS:
Repeating the questions they were asked last year, the latest data clearly shows the pressure has increased over the past 12 months. Overall, the picture painted by respondees shows doctors struggling against rising demand, the impact of an ageing population with increasingly complex medical needs, and the difficulties of maintaining morale when the NHS is underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched.
Key data findings show: