From Emmanuel Iyoho
The president of the World Medical Association (WMA) hasexpressed worry over the increasing cases of bullying, harassment and overwork of junior doctors with consequent increase in cases of physical and mental burnout, even as he calls for support and empowerment of young doctors in the medical profession.
Dr. Osahon Enabulele stated this at the weekend while delivering an address at the first International Junior Doctors Network Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In a press statement was made available to The Pioneer, the WMA boss said the declining level of mentorship in the medical profession had left most of the junior doctors disillusioned with some exiting the medical profession or seeking alternative career pathways; a situation that has impacted negatively on health care delivery and health outcomes.
The statement reminded physicians of the need to commit themselves to the Physician’s Pledge and the revised International Code of Medical Ethics. Dr. Enabulele assured junior doctors of the WMA’s commitment to the well-being and career development of junior doctors.
He further assured of WMA’s commitment to address the unfortunate rise in violence against physicians in their workplaces.
The president also called for the revitalisation and strengthening of mentorship platforms in the medical profession, creation of conducive working conditions and improved condition of service, career development, continuous professional development and effective communication pathways for junior doctors and other cadres of doctors.