Almost half of all doctors report symptoms of exhaustion, depression, a sense of failure and dissatisfaction with their role due to the pressures associated with their job. This results in poor patient care with physicians suffering medical burnout more than twice as likely to commit serious errors when providing medical care according to research. The problem has become increasingly severe and, left unaddressed, is likely to significantly erode the mental health of doctors and significantly undermine patient care.
Doctors, when discussing the issue, point to the source of the problem as the healthcare system. They say that systemic barriers contribute to the problem including too much bureaucracy, government interference, poor remuneration, too many work hours and too much time spent in front of computers. Some also identify a medical culture that is in conflict with advances in medical science and that is reluctant to change.