Only half of young doctors think that medicine will be a job for life

Young doctors no longer believe that medicine is a job for life and many think they will be forced to practise outside the NHS

Almost half of young doctors believe they will be out of the NHS within 10 years, a BMA survey conducted in advance of its Junior Members Forum in Dundee last weekend revealed.

Only one third of the fairly recent graduates from medical school said that leaving the NHS would be by their own choice.

The BMA survey of 964 young doctors disclosed unprecedented levels of pessimism about job prospects among young graduates, with just 17 per cent of respondents saying that in future doctors would automatically get a job in the NHS when they finished their training.

Dr Kate Miller, a foundation year two trainee planning to go into general practice who marched with Remedy UK last month, told GP that she is going to Australia for a year.

She will decide whether she comes back when she knows what is happening to the new training selection process.

Dr Jo Hilborne, chairman of the BMA junior doctors committee, said: ‘Despite the fact that the UK remains short of fully trained medical staff, the future for many young doctors is looking pretty grim.’

She said that it was time for the government ‘to explain what’s going to happen to the thousands of competent, dedicated, junior doctors who are currently staring into a career black hole.’

Dr Andrew Thomson, a Forfar GP, said: ‘The low morale goes much, much deeper than the current problems with the Medical Training Application Service. The whole reform agenda is having a huge impact on morale.

‘Doctors fear that current reforms are damaging the NHS beyond repair. Government reforms are having negative effects on both services and the morale of doctors.’

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