British Medical Association (BMA) research also raises concerns about the fall and winter period – more than half of healthcare workers saying they are “quite anxious” about what is to come.
Over 6,000 physicians participated in the survey. While 60% say they are worried about their own health, 65% fear a staff shortage in the coming months.
Meanwhile, 44% do not know if the NHS will be able to keep up with the demand from patients with symptoms of COVID – 58% being concerned about the health department’s ability to keep up with the demand for non-coronavirus patients.
When asked to what extent the new prioritization system in their local areas would contain the coronavirus, 37% said they believed it would have no impact or be ineffective.
Less than half of those surveyed – 46% – believe this approach might work to some extent, and just under 6% said it will work to a large extent.
The BMA chairman says the results point to the “huge scale of challenges” the NHS faces in the coming months.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “Doctors know that this winter will probably be one of the most difficult times of their careers.
“They are extremely concerned about the ability of the NHS to cope and their ability to meet the needs of their patients. “
The BMA said it wanted the government to be ‘both honest and realistic with the public about whether the NHS can cope with routine care and COVID care this winter’.
Dr Nagpaul said: ‘A large number of doctors across England are unconvinced that the current government lockdowns at several levels will have a significant impact on controlling the virus.
“Instead of a few short weeks of repression, bringing economic and emotional hardship to those in the affected areas, we need a national prevention strategy that has lasting impact and that controls increasing infection rates across the country. England.