‘NHS staff are exhausted and need a break, but there aren’t enough of us’:
RCP publishes new workforce data showing doctors in Wales are frustratedAs the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publishes new findings on doctor wellbeing from its 2020-2021 annual census of consultant physicians in Wales, colleagues working in intensive care medicine in Wales have written an open letter (1) to physicians, thanking them for their ‘extraordinary’ contribution to the NHS, and acknowledging that without the efforts of acute medicine, general medicine, respiratory and infectious disease teams, critical care could have been ‘completely overwhelmed’.But this has come at a cost. Early results from the RCP’s 2020-21 annual census (2) found that in Wales:
- 38% said they have regularly have problems sleeping.
- 23% don’t feel healthy.
- 26% don’t feel as though they have control over their life.
- 50% tend to dwell on things more than they should.
- 13% don’t find their work fulfilling.
- 19% do not feel satisfied with their life.
- 45% frequently feel frustrated.
- 36% often get annoyed.
- The full letter is set out below and will be live on our website from Tuesday morning.
- The 2020-2021 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK is an annual project, conducted by the Medical Workforce Unit at the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) on behalf of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.
- Royal College of Physicians. RCP survey shows doctors fear NHS will take years to recover from pandemic. April 2021.
- Older People’s Commissioner. State of the nation: An overview of growing older in Wales. Oct 2019.
- Royal College of Physicians. More than 30 organisations from across health, housing and social care in Wales come together to call for action on health inequalities. Feb 2021.