The General Medical Council (GMC) has published the initial results of its first ever survey of SAS and LE doctors – the one in six UK doctors who are not GPs, consultants nor in training roles.
The survey found that 30% of SAS doctors and 23% of their LE counterparts had been bullied, undermined or harassed at work in the last year, either by colleagues or by patients and their families.
There are more than 40,000 doctors working in SAS and LE roles in the UK. Around 6,400 doctors took part in the survey, which ran between May and June 2019. Forty-nine per cent identified as a SAS doctor, 51% said they were working in an LE post.
“These include supporting the reopening of the Associate Specialist grade, the creation of an induction guide for new SAS doctors, providing training to support becoming a consultant and the development of a College strategy for SAS doctors.”