Two thirds of young physicians working in hospitals feel that their work puts them under extreme stress that damages their physical and mental health. Doctors describe this stress as damaging to their relationships outside of work, and causing sleep disruption. Among anesthetists, a large majority also describe fears of burnout. Respondents consistently report long shifts where they are unable to eat or drink, and also state how long commutes and night shifts take a toll on both physical and mental health, which they feel places themselves, and their patients, at risk.
- Almost two out of three young hospital doctors say their physical or mental health is being damaged because pressures on the NHS are putting them under intolerable strain.
- Many are so relentlessly busy that they go through entire shifts without eating or drinking, while others suffer stress, burnout, exhaustion and sleeping problems.
- Respondents identified long hours, fears about patient safety, the disruption of working night shifts and long commutes to their hospital as key reasons for their growing fatigue and disillusionment.
“Many are so relentlessly busy that they go through entire shifts without eating or drinking, while others suffer stress, burnout, exhaustion and sleeping problems.”