Doctors highlight barriers to quality care

Doctors highlight barriers to quality care

They reported: 

Relentless pressure on consultation times

A tendency for patients to be shifted around wards, which could harm their satisfaction and outcomes

Outsourced administrative support, which meant consultants had to proofread every letter sent out.

There was, in one consultant’s words, a ‘strong argument’ for seven-day services in emergency and acute settings, although he questioned whether the higher mortality figures at weekends were the result of the case mix rather than staffing.

He added that the idea put forward by some NHS leaders, that seven-day elective services could be provided with only a small increase in the overall budget, ‘made no sense’.

A junior doctor told the What’s A Doctor Worth? event in Cambridge last month that the way the working-time regulations were being implemented in her trust meant training opportunities were being limited, as whole weeks tended to be focused on either clerking, clinics or time off.


Building a case

The events, which will inform contract negotiations for UK junior doctors and consultants in England and Northern Ireland, are being held in partnership with research company BritainThinks.

They are part of the Make Change Better: Junior and Consultant Working Lives Programme to help doctors shape the contract negotiations and debate the wider issues affecting their working lives.


By BMA, Thursday 4th April 2014

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