NHS doctors: how are rota gaps affecting your hospital?

Sarah Marsh
How are staffing shortages affecting where you work? Share your experiences with us. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Share your experiences

The Guardian wants your stories about this. How often do shifts go unfilled where you work? What pressure does this put on remaining staff members? Are some medical specialties more affected than others? Have you found yourself working long hours to fill gaps? Are you concerned that this is affecting patient safety?

Share your stories and experiences, anonymously if you prefer in our encrypted form, only the Guardian has access to your contributions. We will do our best to keep you anonymous.

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