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Two-thirds of medical professionals 'would not recommend medicine to their children'

Around 67% of medical professionals would not encourage their children to pursue a career in the medical field, a Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) survey of 1,845 doctors has found.

The survey also found that 92% of respondents – made up of GPs and consultants – think that working conditions in UK hospitals have deteriorated in the past decade.

The RMBF warns there is still a stigma among doctors around asking for help.

Its survey also found:

  • 75% said that doctors seeking for help for stress and mental health issues receive no sympathy from their peers
  • 56% believe that doctors’ ‘personality type’ makes them more resilient when working under pressure
  • 93% of them attribute this to the existence of a ‘bravado culture’, which places value in the ability to work for long hours
  • 91% say the current issues within the NHS are detrimental to recruitment.

RMBF’s chief executive Steve Crone said: ‘Doctors work tirelessly to support us all in our times of need. Yet many feel unable to ask for help when things aren’t going well for them, either personally or professionally.

The RMBF has launched a campaign, Together for Doctors, to encourage doctors to seek help and highlight the necessity to offer support to burnt out medical staff.

‘The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund is here to offer confidential support and advice, so I really would urge anyone who needs help to come forward,’ said Mr Crone.

Pulse has previously reported that one in nine GPs turns to alcohol because of greater working pressures and that one out of 10 has taken some time off in the past 12 months.


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  • My daughter is applying for medicine next year and I could not be happier. Medicine is a rewarding and highly paid career with great opportunities for women. I am a GP partner. I earn more than my husband, have better holidays than him and a better pension. I honestly am amazed about the doom and gloom in my profession. Medicine is an excellent career perhaps it's the constant complaining that is putting people off?

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  • The career is great: the environment and leadership from the top is awful. It’s a battle to do your job when given ongoing orders and change from those in Ivory towers

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  • 12:56pm
    Would be fascinated to hear how you manage to 'have better holidays' than your less well paid non-medical husband?

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  • AlanAlmond

    Medicine is a wonderful career. I play golf every day, play bridge, look after my five children single handed and still earn £250,000 a year. I am a partner in a very nice part of the country, everyone is marvellous and I’m doing very well. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend medine to anyone. To top it all there’s a wonderful pension and I get litterally loads of holiday. I’ve absolutely no idea why anyone would complain. I really don’t understand it. I think it’s probably just a few very negative people influencing everybody else and I wish they would just shut up, and everything could go back to being super again. Everything is great for me...why isn’t everyone happy? I don’t understand.

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  • I would always recommend a career in medicine if someone was interested and I would be delighted if one of my kids followed in my footsteps.

    In spite of the current challenges, a medical degree is a key which unlocks a future of immense job security, a comfortable lifestyle, societal respect (still) and the ability to travel.

    The NHS may be a toxic environment at the moment but being a doctor is not synonymous with the NHS

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  • I have been waiting most of my working life for working conditions to get better.

    Thirty years is a long time to wait.

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  • Shaba, optimists are so personally lovable
    But also so politically naive and ultimately destructive
    That's why we're here

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  • The NHS has become a worse place to work but medical profession is still very much rewarded in other parts of world.

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  • Salaried GP - please give details of your employment, I am obviously working in the wrong place!
    I agree with 1 .14. Medicine requires a lot of work and commitment, it is a worthwhile and potentially rewarding profession but I wouldn't recommend working in the NHS to anyone .

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