500,000 health workers threatened to quit in a few years

Some 7.5 million health workers are considering quitting their jobs within two years due to a surge in callous attitudes and lack of proper patient care, the UK’s biggest doctors’ union warned on Friday….

500,000 health workers threatened to quit in a few years

Some 7.5 million health workers are considering quitting their jobs within two years due to a surge in callous attitudes and lack of proper patient care, the UK’s biggest doctors’ union warned on Friday.

The UK’s biggest doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, said nearly half of medics (47 percent) were considering quitting their jobs by 2020 and the rest are dissatisfied with patient care. Some 14 percent of doctors have already quit or said they would do so, while some 9 percent have had their contract changed in the last year.

“The doctor exodus of last winter’s flu pandemic was real and we didn’t have sufficient doctors to meet demands but we now have another major scare. Our concern is that something which can turn people on – there’s this thing called a fatality – is doing just that,” said Dr. Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA’s GP committee. “Thousands of doctors have gone – for the time being, I’m pleased – but then people who are badly fed up and feel as if they’re getting railroaded come back in.”

The latest data revealed a major fall in confidence for the NHS in general, as only 42 percent of doctors (down from 46 percent in 2017) felt confident working for the NHS. More than one-third of all doctors questioned for the BMA survey said they had taken precautionary measures such as stopping payment to their hospital for posts, and 36 percent said they would take longer to treat patients or give quicker appointments.

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