According to a survey released today, the NHS is facing a mass exodus of doctors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
Half of those polled said they intend to work fewer hours, nearly one-third plan to retire early, and a quarter is considering taking a career break.
The British Medical Association polled over 5,500 doctors, and one-fifth of them said they were thinking of leaving the NHS completely to pursue another career.
Many workers complained that they couldn’t take proper breaks at work because they were too busy treating Covid patients or dealing with the crisis’s massive waiting lists.
While the most common reason for wanting to leave was the workload, some included long hours, undesirable working conditions, and low pay.
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA’s chairman, cautioned that the findings were “deeply concerning” at a time when the NHS requires all hands on deck.
When the second wave of the pandemic resulted in more than 30,000 Covid patients being hospitalized at once during the winter, hospitals were busier than they’d ever been, causing routine operations to be halted.
The health service is tackling record waiting lists caused by the Covid backlog now that the crisis has mostly subsided, with only 1,600 virus inpatients currently.
According to the BMA survey, 31.9 percent of respondents said they were considering retirement, which is more than double the 14 percent who said the same in June 2020.
Another 25% said they’re “more probable” to take a career break, while another 21% said they’re thinking about leaving the NHS altogether to pursue another career. Half of those polled said they were more likely to cut back on their work hours.
Many people said they left because they couldn’t get a lunch break, and 40% said they didn’t have anywhere at work where they could safely relax with coworkers.