Findings on bullying demand attention.

The professional and training body for Irish GPs, the ICGP, has welcomed the findings of the most recent survey of medical trainees in Ireland, published by the Irish Medical Council.

The ICGP’s Medical Director, Dr Tony Cox said” “We are pleased to see that the number of doctors expressing a desire to leave Ireland has fallen significantly from 21% in 2014 to 14% in 2017.  This decrease is also reflective of a similar survey undertaken by the College of trainees’ intentions on completion of training. .

“We are also pleased to note that trainees in General Practice and Mental Health training sites reported the most satisfaction with the quality of their clinical learning environments.”

Dr Cox continued “The report notes that doctors in GP training reported significantly lower instances of bullying than in hospital settings. Yet over 40% of those who completed the survey reported that they had experienced bullying and harassment in their training. This fact in addition to the report that 58% of the perceived perpetrators of bullying behavior are medical colleagues demands our attention.”

“The link that is suggested in the report between increased working hours and an increased risk of being involved in an adverse event is a very important one for training bodies and employers to note. 43% of those working more than 59 hours a week had been directly or indirectly involved in an adverse event in the previous year which contrasts with a risk of 24% if the doctor worked between 40-59 hours per week.”

“There are learning points within the report which the College shall take on board and actively address. We will continue to engage closely with all our doctors in training to ensure that they continue to receive the highest possible standard of training in the most supportive and secure environment.”

To access the report, please visit the Medical Council website.



MEDIA QUERIES: Aileen O’Meara, Communications Consultant, ICGP.

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