Medicine is always in the news because of the way it changes lives – and from new drugs to exciting robot-doctors, there’s always something interesting to learn about!
However, there is another issue to do with medicine that is less positive: global doctor shortages.
We spoke to a doctor in the UK about what it's like to work in medicine. They said:
"Our state-run healthcare system is fundamentally broken and it is not given enough money. The lack of investment in education and social care for decades has only made the problems that the healthcare system faces worse. We also have a massive skills shortage to meet demand. It is more difficult to recruit from abroad due to immigration rules and because it has become less appealing to work in the UK. Furthermore, doctors are increasingly retiring early as they feel overworked, undervalued and increasingly despondent through not being able to provide safe, timely and high-quality care. I am lucky to have the means to afford private healthcare for my family although it does make me worry for those who have no choice but to rely on our National Health System."
Over to you!
- How do this doctor’s words make you feel? Why?
- What would you like to say back to this doctor?
- What might a doctor from your country say about doctor shortages? Why?
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