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European Physicians Give Their Hospitals a Poor Bill of Health

Staff shortages, budget cuts and inadequate facilities threaten patient care.

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European Physicians Give Their Hospitals a Poor Bill of Health

Europe’s hospital physicians were increasingly dissatisfied with their workplace conditions in 2018, according to a Bain & Company survey, highlighting a growing risk to patient care. German and UK doctors were the most discontented, pointing to staffing shortages, budget cuts, aging equipment and inadequate facilities. The survey showed the number of UK hospital physicians likely to leave the National Health Service in the next five years has more than doubled from two years ago. Thirty-five percent of Germany physicians and about 20% of physicians in the UK and Italy say they would not recommend their hospitals to family and friends as a place to receive care.

Nitin Chaturvedi is a partner with the Bain & Company’s Healthcare practice and is based in the London office. Loïc Plantevin is a Bain partner and coleads the firm’s Healthcare practice for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is based in the Paris office.

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