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Twice as Many Side with Doctors than with Government

Twice as Many Side with Doctors than with Government
9 February 2016 James Brooke

YouGov research exposes GB’s support of the junior doctors in their dispute with the government.

Brand new YouGov research commissioned by has revealed that twice as many of the GB population support junior doctors than side with the government’s proposed working contracts. The survey also highlights the population’s negative attitudes towards NHS working conditions; the biggest cause of medical compensation claims is overworked doctors, according to those surveyed.

As junior doctors across the country held their first 24 hour walk out as part of a potential series of strikes, the survey results confirm the precarious climate surrounding the future of the NHS. The results showed that 40% of the population agreed that the deal that has been offered to the junior doctors is unfair and they should fight it, compared to 21% who believed the contracts are fair and they should accept them. As part of the bigger picture, the survey revealed that a staggering 62% of the population think doctors in the UK are overworked. With only 6% thinking they’re underworked and 19% believing the work load is ‘about right’.

The nationally representative poll also revealed that according to the British public, the main cause of medical compensation claims in the UK is overworked doctors and nurses. Over a fifth surveyed believed overworked doctors and nurses to be the biggest cause of medical financial compensation claims (21%). Lack of hospital equipment delivered the lowest response, with just 11% citing that as the main cause of medical negligence claims. Inadequate training of staff received a 14% rating of those surveyed, with lack of funding for hospital/staff the main cause according to 15% of respondents.

John Quail, managing director of says nationally representative opinion polls such as these need to be taken seriously.

“The results from this survey are conclusive; the majority of the British population see the doctors and nurses in the UK as overworked; so much so that they believe it to be the main cause of compensation claims. The decision makers and administrators have to take notice of this, as making claims for medical negligence is not a choice. If medical care is sub-standard, compensation claims will follow as a necessary process to help support them and their families through a difficult period. That is not a luxury; it is an absolute right of every patient and citizen.”


Notes to Editors:
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2147 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th – 31st December 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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