December 7, 2023

Angela Onwuzoo 

The President of the World Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has expressed worry over the increasing cases of bullying, harassment, and overwork of junior doctors in their workplaces.

Enabulele who recounted the challenges faced by junior doctors in the medical profession expressed his displeasure while addressing the 1st International Junior Doctors Network Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The WMA president said the situation had consequently increased cases of physical and mental burnout among the junior doctors 

Enabulele said, “The declining level of mentorship in the medical profession has 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 healthcare delivery and health outcomes.”

He called for support and empowerment of junior doctors in the medical profession.

While reminding physicians of the need to commit themselves to the Physician’s pledge and the revised International Code of Medical ethics, Enabulele assured the junior doctors of WMA’s commitment to the well-being and career development of junior doctors.

He further assured them of WMA’s commitment to addressing the unfortunate rise in violence against physicians in their workplaces.

Enabulele called for the revitalisation and strengthening of mentorship platforms in the medical profession, the creation of conducive working conditions and improved conditions of service.

He also recommended career development, continuous professional development, and effective communication pathways for junior doctors and other cadres of doctors.

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