This exploratory study was undertaken to provide an insight into issues of equality and equity that UK junior doctors perceive in relation to being able to achieve a work–life balance within educational and clinical practice. A survey with 443 junior doctors was conducted between May 2018 and September 2019. Thematic analysis of open question responses alongside correlative analyses were used to highlight issues in equity and equality faced by junior doctors. The survey revealed 77% were junior doctors in Health Education England (HEE) posts. 59% were noti n personal relationships, 60% had no children, 38% perceived the national recruitment process as helpful and 70% perceived HEE did not impact on their training. 72% had no personal barriers and 77% felt the role eas not a barrier. 1% identified no barriers. The research raised important implications for redress of equality and equity issues for all within inclusive postgraduate training in the UK.
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Contributors LM and SV designed the study. MRS and SS undertook the literature review. LM and SV analysed the data and compiled the results. CH and YG analysed data, wrote, compiled and edited the manuscript for publication on behalf of the research team.
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Competing interests None declared.
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