• Question: is it a struggle being a junior doctor whether now or in the past?

    Asked by 936genk38 to Phil, Deborah, Charnelle, Ali, Adrian on 10 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Deborah Draycott

      Deborah Draycott answered on 10 Nov 2017:

      I am not a doctor so can’t really answer this. However, from my perspective it has always seemed tough being a junior doctor – long unsocial hours and sometimes having little support. I think some things have definitely improved over the last 20 years, but I imagine that it is still pretty full on.

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      Philip Williams answered on 12 Nov 2017:

      It is a very tough job but there’s great teamwork and you’re always learning. It’s amazingly rewarding helping patients every day.

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      Adrian Taylor answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      Sorry not my field, but the GP trainees we have now are on very tight contracts and we are worried that when they get a practice job they will struggle as not worked at the same pace or hours as a trainee.

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      Ali Blatcher answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      i am a junior doctor and it is a struggle. as you may know, we all went on strike 2 years ago because of the long hard hours we all work and the pay doesnt reflect the responsibility we all hold. it is a hard job, and people should be prepared for that. on the plus side it is extremely rewarding at times and you get to connect with people in a way that you wouldnt get to in another job