DAUK in the Evening Standard: More than 1,000 doctors ‘plan to quit NHS over Government mishandling of coronavirus pandemic’

Following our latest survey, the Evening Standard reported on our data that over 1,000 doctors planned to quit the NHS within a few years.

“More than 1,000 doctors have said they intend to leave the NHS due to the Government’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and anger over pay, a new study has found.

In a survey conducted by Doctors’ Association UK, doctors also complained of growing stress levels within their profession and mental health worries.

Two-third of respondents said they either intended to switch to the private sector, move abroad, work as locums or take a career break within the next three years.

The Government’s treatment of the NHS during the pandemic was labelled as the main factor in the rising disillusionment amongst medics.

Speaking to The Guardian, Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, president of the Doctors’ Association UK, said: “NHS doctors have come out of this pandemic battered, bruised and burned out.”

She added that the number of medics who intend to leave the NHS within three years is “a shocking indictment of the Government’s failure to value our nation’s doctors”.

Dr Batt-Rawden added: “These are dedicated professionals who have put their lives on the line time and time again to keep patients in the NHS safe, and we could be about to lose them.”

In total 1,758 doctors across the UK took the DAUK online survey, which asked: “Has the pandemic and the Government’s treatment of frontline doctors during the pandemic impacted your decision to stay or leave the NHS?”

Approximately seven in ten – 69 per cent or 1,214 of respondents – said it had made them likely to leave the health service.

When asked “where do you see yourself working in the next one to three years?”, 1,143 said that would be leaving the NHS.”

Full article: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/doctors-quit-nhs-government-mishandling-a4541551.html