The British Medical Association (BMA) has published a report today (Monday, 15 December), which lays bare the impact that outdated and poorly laid out healthcare buildings are having on doctors to provide safe and quality care to patients. The report highlighted that a lack of space in buildings means doctors do not have suitable rest facilities.
Commenting on this, Chris Kenny, Chief Executive at MDDUS, said: “The findings reflect our own survey, which revealed that one in three of 25-34-year-old UK doctors do not have a safe or comfortable place to rest on their break at work.
“Worryingly, 77 per cent told us they had experienced burnout, with 33 per cent saying lack of access to facilities in work was a contributing factor.
“Doctors already work under challenging circumstances. Having a safe place to rest and recharge is a basic requirement which enables doctors to deliver the best possible care to their patients.
“A comprehensive approach needs to be taken to improve the wellbeing of the healthcare workforce, which considers all the issues driving our doctors to feel stressed and exhausted.
“Policymakers’ decision-making must factor in the clear connection between adequate funding and support for primary care services, health professionals, and patient safety.”
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) is a mutual organisation that protects the professional interests of more than 54,000 doctors and dentists across the United Kingdom, offering access to indemnity, support and legal advice.
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