The increasing level of burnout amongst doctors is extremely troubling. Medical Protection is calling for organisation wide interventions to safeguard the wellbeing of doctors.
It is perhaps one of the great paradoxes of our age, that modern medicine allows doctors to do more for their patients than ever before, yet mounting evidence shows that doctors feel stressed and burnt out in ever greater numbers. This development is extremely troubling. As a medical defence organisation, we see first-hand the consequences of when things have gone too far, and when members can no longer cope.
Through our “Breaking the burnout cycle: keeping doctors and patients safe” campaign – Medical Protection is making a range of policy recommendations that, if taken seriously, would help to improve the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and mitigate the risks of burnout in the profession.