Responding to today's independent review commissioned by the GMC on doctors' and medical students' wellbeing, Dr Michael Devlin, head of professional standards and liaison at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), said:
For far too many years, doctors have faced unacceptable levels of stress and burnout simply for doing their job. It is unacceptable and things urgently need to change. Therefore, we welcome the findings from the independent review, 'Caring for doctors, caring for patients' and hope it leads to a more compassionate workplace culture.
'Doctors must have the support they need to do their jobs and to provide the best care they can for their patients. This benefits everyone; research shows that good levels of staff wellbeing are associated with better quality patient care, improved productivity and financial performance and fewer major medical errors.
'Doctors need to believe they are valued by their employer and, if it is necessary to hold them to account, they must be treated fairly by all who do so. The toxic culture of retribution and blame needs to be replaced with one that is compassionate, focused on learning and supportive of staff.
'The independent review commissioned by the GMC identifies core changes that are needed to improve doctors' work environment. The recommendations help to put doctors back in control of their working lives through a strategy of integrated interventions. It is imperative that healthcare leaders throughout UK heed this call to arms and do everything in their power to bring about all the changes needed as quickly as possible.'
This guidance was correct at publication 14/11/2019. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.