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Doctors’ career choices a ‘new reality’ which health services cannot ignore

 

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Doctors’ career choices a ‘new reality’ which health services cannot ignore

A report from the General Medical Council highlights changing approaches to work-life balance and career development, which impact on UK health services’ ability to plan for patient demand.

Against a backdrop of rising workloads and the need to recruit and retain a sustainable medical workforce, the report finds doctors moving away from traditional career and training paths. Career choices balancing wellbeing with work have become the norm and may signal a ‘new reality’.  GMC analysis shows that doctors who paused before starting their specialty training were, on average, at less risk of burnout.