The British Medical A has outlined its vision for an ‘unsafe’ NHS with a culture of bullying.
According to the BMA, doctors are working in hospitals and GP Practices that are hugely understaffed, where bullying and a culture of blame is the norm and where patient care is often unsafe. These are the findings of a year-long study – ‘Caring Supportive Collaborative: Doctors Vision for Change‘ – into the state of the NHS.
The chair of the BMA Council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “Nine in 10 doctors tell us that staffing levels are inadequate and that they work in environments where they fear the toxic combination of ever-increasing demand for services and lack of staff capacity will lead to mistakes."
“They tell us there is a persistent culture of fear across the NHS, where blame stifles learning, contributing to the vicious cycle of low morale so staff leave and then there’s a problem of recruitment."
“This unsafe, underfunded environment is as damaging for patients as it is for doctors. Radical change is clearly needed.”
From the report comes a manifesto, which has today been sent to MPs, as well as the secretary of state for health and social care.
Source: Practice Business, 17 September 2019