The working relationship between midwives and junior doctors: a questionnaire survey of Yorkshire trainees

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 May;27(4):365-7. doi: 10.1080/01443610701327529.


Recruitment to obstetrics and gynaecology has fallen dramatically over the last decade. Surveys of medical students and junior doctors have suggested that apart from work/life imbalance, other factors such as poor job satisfaction and an unfriendly environment can significantly affect the choice of career. We conducted a questionnaire survey for Yorkshire trainees to evaluate current working and professional relationships between junior doctors and midwives. A total of 68 trainees participated in the study. Some 22% of trainees found midwives to be disrespectful to and argumentative with junior doctors. A total of 69% did not get a chance to examine patients on the labour wards because of the midwives. Midwives when compared with consultants were less courteous towards trainees and 53% of trainees felt that there is a communication problem that needs to be addressed. Our study results suggest a high level of dissatisfaction among trainees of the Yorkshire region and point at an area that needs further work to bring about a change to a better work environment for future junior doctors.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Midwifery*
  • Obstetrics / education
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom