The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) says it is concerned about recent reports of poor working conditions for junior doctors in some Scottish hospitals.
Earlier this week The Sunday Times (20 October) reported that junior doctors at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy have highlighted a catalogue of concerns, examples of which included alleged risks to patient safety, a “hellish” workload and being undermined by "bad behaviour from nurses”.
The concerns were raised in reports of site inspection carried out by the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) deanery.
In response to the reports, RCPE president Professor Derek Bell OBE said is vital that Scotland’s junior doctors are valued and that every effort is made to improve workplace culture, rota structure, and general working conditions.
“The GMC National Training Survey for 2019 highlights a number of red flags in Scotland and the recent reports from health boards are concerning. These problems require positive action based on accepting that this is a growing problem. Alienation of doctors in training by dismissing or minimising their concerns will merely aggravate the situation,” Prof Bell said.