The Doctors’ Association UK has compiled stories from 602 frontline doctors which expose a startling culture of bullying and overwork in the NHS. During the worst winter crisis on record DAUK has been inundated with stories from doctors, yet again, all attesting that conditions on the frontline have worsened, to the point they feel they have no option but to leave the NHS. With so little regard for doctors’ wellbeing it cannot come as a surprise that we have nearly 10,000 vacancies across the frontlines.
Dedicated to caring for the sick and vulnerable, junior doctors should expect to be supported and valued as they carry out their vital work. But hundreds have revealed they are subjected to bullying and harassment at overstretched hospitals that have been plunged into a staffing crisis. The Doctors’ Association UK has collated stories from over 600 doctors. The shocking report made the front page of the Daily Mirror.
This week we got in touch with DAUK member Dr Joanna Poole, an anaesthetic registrar whose post about wanting to quit medicine went viral on Twitter. DAUK were able to support Joanna and were able to help see this piece published in The Guardian on Joanna’s behalf. Now, Joanna is joining forces with DAUK to encourage doctors to speak out as part of DAUK’s #NHSMeToo campaign. Yesterday, we published a thread of such stories which has been widely shared, and has even been commented on and retweeted by the Health Secretary. Read The Guardian article here.