Junior doctor who wrote a viral article about the & # 39; shameful & # 39; suicide crisis in its industry, says young professionals are still underpaid and overworked
- Sonia Henry, from Sydney, wrote an anonymous article two and a half years ago
- She said suicide was a & # 39; shameful open secret & # 39; was in the medical world
- Dr. Henry described the profession as & # 39; murderous, brutal and soul-destroying & # 39;
- She is campaigning to do more to help the mental health of junior doctors
Dr. Henry said that junior doctors felt they could not speak up if they were struggling
A junior doctor who has uncovered a suicide crisis among doctors has said that more needs to be done to help them.
Sonia Henry, from Sydney, wrote an anonymous article two years ago in which she said suicide was a & # 39; shameful and disgusting open secret & # 39; was in the medical world.
& # 39; In the year it was necessary for me to complete my medical residency as a junior doctor, two of my colleague & # 39; s committed suicide & # 39 ;, she explained.
Dr. Henry said that junior doctors felt they could not speak out if they struggled with mental health for fear of being labeled as weak.
& # 39; To be a good doctor, you have to work harder, stay later, know more and never falter, & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; Weakness in medicine is a failure, and if you admit that you're struggling, the unspoken opinion (or often spoken) is that you just couldn't hack it. & # 39;
Dr. Henry described the profession as & # 39; murderous, brutal and soul-destroying & # 39; and said it drove doctors to the edge.
& # 39; In the worst case, their loudest gesture is deafening silent – death by their own hand, & # 39; she wrote.
Dr. Henry also said that the hours were too long, the wages were too low and the competition was too high.
Doctors in their second work year are paid between $ 72,000 and $ 86,000, depending on location and excluding overtime.
She pleaded for action to help doctors struggle with psychological problems.
& # 39; It is time for the medical profession to look deeply into oneself and restore the cancer that has been growing for far too long. If they don't, the costs are just too high & # 39 ;, she wrote.
Two and a half years later, Dr. Henry works as a general practitioner.
Sonia Henry (left), from Sydney, wrote an anonymous article two years ago in which she said that suicide is a & # 39; shameful and disgusting open secret & # 39; was in the medical world
She has revealed herself as the author of that article that went viral in 2017 and wrote a fiction book based on her experiences.
Review of the book titled Going Under on ABC Breakfast, Dr. Henry said more needed to be done to help junior doctors.
& # 39; I think there are still many systemic problems in academic hospitals in Australia that affect junior doctors and their mental well-being, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I think some interventions take place in hospitals that are positive (but) I think that no major changes have yet taken place.
& # 39; I think there is much more room for that & # 39 ;.
She added: & # 39; The hours are still very long, there is still the bottleneck of training places, it is still very stressful and very difficult. & # 39;
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