Work-life balance a concern for obstetrics and gynaecology

Authors: Helen Jaques 

Publication date:  26 May 2011


Work-life balance has become “a matter of increasing concern” in obstetrics and gynaecology and should be tackled to improve the lives of doctors and recruitment and retention to the specialty, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said.

The college admits that obstetrics and gynaecology is perceived as a hard pressed specialty that should be doing more to address issues relating to stress and quality of life. In response it has published a working party report on how work-life balance could be improved through job planning and support.

“The demands of obstetrics and gynaecology mean that conscientious doctors do find themselves working harder when they have little energy, and this may result in an unhealthy spiral of guilt and disillusionment,” said Richard Warren, honorary secretary of the college and chair of the working party. “Apart from having a potentially damaging effect on the doctor’s life, there is also an impact on patient care. We must find ways to support our doctors so that they are healthy and continue to provide excellent care.”

The report Getting a life: work-life balance in obstetrics and gynaecology makes 51 recommendations relating to models of care, job contracts, support at work, career development, training, and less than full time working.

Helen Jaques news reporter BMJ Careers

 hjaques@bmj.com

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