Junior doctors’ strike garners public support

Research carried out on behalf of claims.co.uk has shown that twice as many people support the junior doctors’ strike than agree with the government’s proposed contract changes. Another aspect of the YouGov survey was people’s perception of the causes of medical negligence, with overworked doctors being the biggest concern. The results of the survey can be found at the bottom of this page.

John Quail of claims.co.uk commented: “The results from this survey are conclusive; the majority of the British population see the doctors and nurses in the UK as overworked; so much so that they believe it to be the main cause of compensation claims. The decision makers and administrators have to take notice of this, as making claims for medical negligence is not a choice. If medical care is sub-standard, compensation claims will follow as a necessary process to help support them and their families through a difficult period. That is not a luxury; it is an absolute right of every patient and citizen.”

British views on striking junior doctors

The infographic illustrates how the people of Great Britain feel about the ongoing strikes by junior doctors:

Junior doctors' strike

Raw YouGov survey data

The table below shows the raw data taken from the YouGov survey, in response to the question, ‘From what you have seen or heard about the ongoing dispute between the doctor’s union, the British Medical Association and the Government over potential changes to junior doctors’ working contracts, do you think the deal that has been offered to the junior doctors’ is…?’:

  Total
Unweighted base 2147
Base: All GB adults 2147
…fair and they should accept it 21%
…unfair and they are right to fight it 40%
Don’t know 38%

The table below shows the raw data taken from the YouGov survey, in response to the question, ‘Generally speaking, do you think doctors in the UK are underworked, overworked, or is their work balance about right?’

  Total
Unweighted base 2147
Base: All GB adults 2147
Overworked 62%
Underworked 6%
About right 19%
Don’t know 14%

The table below shows the raw data taken from the YouGov survey, in response to the question, ‘Which ONE, if any, of the following do you think is the MAIN cause of medical financial compensation claims in the UK?’

  Total
Unweighted base 2147
Base: All GB adults 2147
Overworked doctors/ nurses 21%
Inadequate training of staff 14%
Lack of hospital resources 11%
Lack of funding for hospitals/ staff 14%
Fraudulent claims 17%
Other 5%
Don’t know 19%

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