We believe there is merit in the concept of having a requirement on all doctors to ensure their own and fellow medical colleagues health are considered as part of normal medical practice.

For example, the Australian medical board embedded this type of approach in its code of ethics (last reviewed in 2017) and details can be found here under section 9:

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Code-of-conduct.aspx

The purpose of this survey is to seek informal opinion on whether a similiar approach may be of value in the UK with the aim of minimising the occurence of adverse doctor health.

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* 2. What sector do you primarily work in?

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* 3. If you work in the NHS - what is your role/grade?

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* 4. The Australian Medical Board has stated in its code of ethics that doctors have a responsibility to assist medical colleagues to maintain good health:

"Good medical practice involves encouraging a colleague (whom you are not treating) to seek appropriate help if you believe they may be ill and impaired. If you believe this impairment is putting patients at risk, notify the Medical Board of Australia. It may also be wise to report your concerns to the doctor’s employer and to a doctors’ health program."

If the UK were to have something similiar to this, do you think this policy would be supportive to doctors health and wellbeing?

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* 5. The Australian Medical Board have also stated that:

"Good medical practice involves:

Recognising the impact of fatigue on your health and your ability to care for patients, and endeavouring to work safe hours wherever possible.

Being aware of the doctors’ health program in your state or territory if you need advice on where to seek help.

"Recognising the impact of fatigue on the health of colleagues, including those under your supervision, and facilitating safe working hours wherever possible."

If the UK were to have something similiar to this, do you think this policy would be supportive to doctors health and wellbeing?

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* 6. Do you envisage any scenarios where these types of policies could be abused, applied inappropriately, compromise doctors or pose problems in anyway?

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* 7. Do you think these types of approaches would realistically improve doctors health and wellbeing in anyway?

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* 8. If these types of policies were to ever come into existence, whom do you see as being the proprietor of these (e.g. professional body, employer, a regulatory body, other?)

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* 9. Do you have any other comments or suggestions that you would like to make in relation to this survey?

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