AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training chairwoman Maddison Taylor said this year’s survey revealed a rise in junior doctors feeling unsafe at work, rising from 22 per cent in 2019 to 27 per cent in 2020, attributed to the pandemic.
“Disturbingly, 27 per cent of junior doctors were advised not to claim unrostered overtime by an administrative officer or senior medical officer, and another third felt claiming would negatively affect their assessment,” Dr Taylor said.
Mr Miles said he had not seen the survey, but said he understood many doctors did feel overworked, especially during the pandemic.
“Being a doctor is an important job, it’s a highly valued job, but it can be a very stressful job, so we have a range of programs to support our staff,” he said.
“There are some cultural issues here that we’ve been working through for quite some time and we’ll continue to invest in those programs.”