Doctors feel they are spread to thinly to provide good care to patients, a survey found last month. The poll of more than 2,100 members of the Royal College of Physicians found 84% had experienced staffing shortages across their team, while 82% believed the workforce was demoralised. Many believed patient safety has deteriorated over the 12 months.
It comes after The Royal College of Physicians annual census of British consultants showed the pressure NHS staff were under. Doctors who were polled said they worried there were not enough medics to keep patients safe. A quarter of those who responded expressed concern about rota gaps, when a hospital or department is unable to cover the working shift pattern due to a lack of staff.
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