Doctors' work 'hampered' by lack of office space

15-04-2008

Doctors' work 'hampered' by lack of office space
A lack of office space is hampering doctors' work in hospitals, a new survey has suggested.

According to a study by the British Medical Association (BMA), 56 per cent of junior doctors and consultants said they did not have adequate resources to aid their work.

Furthermore, 53 per cent said that a lack of quantity or quality of workspace was impacting on their working practices generally.

Chairman of the BMA's Consultants Committee Dr Jonathan Fielden stated that patients are suffering as a result of a lack of office space.

"There is little doubt that working practices are being adversely affected and that this can ultimately be detrimental to patient care," he said.

He added that the "confidentiality of their patients is put at risk", while consultants also need room for the part of their jobs which involves driving innovation and improving service.

Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary, recently called for greater protection of NHS staff against abusive patients.

Related categories: Medical / Healthcare.


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