Many have shown symptoms of anxiety and depression such as sleep disturbance, a sense of hopelessness, lack of appetite and tearfulness. Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and one of the authors of the study, said: “These findings are extremely worrying. We have discovered that a normally robust and highly-committed group of professionals is feeling very demoralised.
“The Government has a moral obligation to ensure that the next generation of doctors does not feel disenchanted with their profession.
“We would suggest that all trainees in posts in the UK are assured of the jobs as soon as practically possible so that the level of uncertainty and anxiety can be reduced.”