Uncovering unpaid overtime, excessive hours, and bullying and harassment

11 Mar 2021

Recently Dr Hash Abdeen, Chair AMACDT spoke to ABC NewsRadio’s Sarah Hall about the results of the 2020 Medical Training Survey which revealed doctors in training are continuing to be affected by excessive hours, unpaid overtime, and bullying and harassment in the workplace. While most trainees rated their training experience highly, one in five reported experiencing and/or witnessing bullying, harassment or discrimination, and almost one in two reported an excessive workload.

“Turning a blind eye to practices that allow doctors to work excessive hours of unpaid and unrostered overtime is not only inefficient and unproductive, but puts patient care and doctor wellbeing at risk,” Dr Hash Abdeen, Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training (CDT), said.

“It’s just not good enough in 2021. We need to start calling this out for what it is and creating safe systems for reporting bullying & harassment, whilst strengthening mechanisms that demonstrate visible action that support all those involved.”

Listen here

Read the AMA media release

Read the AMA Specialist Trainee Experience Health Check here