Junior doctors need more supervision, according to GMC survey
- By: Emilie Green
Evidence from a survey suggests that junior doctors often fulfil tasks outside of their competencies, jeopardising patient safety.
The seventh annual national trainee survey was conducted by the General Medical Council and was published on the 16 July. Foundation, core, higher specialty, and military trainees were all eligible to participate.
Most (95%) of UK doctors responded to the online survey, which aims to provide insight into the existing system, and elicit changes that will improve medical education.
Respondents were generally satisfied with their training, and satisfaction has increased from 78% to 80% over the past year. Similarly, 74% of participants rated their practical experience as good or excellent.
However, one in 20 junior doctors expressed concerns about patient safety, particularly those working in the acute specialties. Furthermore, one in seven had previously had to deal with clinical problems beyond their competence or experience, and one in three had received no