Doctors' fury over admin staff 'snoozing' pods as medics cobble together chairs for naps


    A hospital trust video boasting about an admin office’s “snoozing” pods and Sage coffee machines has been deleted after a backlash from outraged doctors.

    Barts Health NHS Trust posted the clip on TikTok under the profile @bartshealthnhs sharing with viewers “things in our office that just make sense”.

    Footage showed Sage coffee machines, cosy working pods, live updating London transport screens and “views for days” out of the window, My London reports.

    The British Medical Association for Junior Doctors (BMA) wrote on social media: “Junior Doctors at Barts have created a joke ranking of available seats that include the lids of bins.

    “This TikTok proudly shows offices with dedicated pods for snoozing. Never mind that doctors have to throw together plastic chairs to act as a bench if they want a nap”.

    Emergency medicine doctor Russell Gritton, who works within a Barts NHS Trust hospital, said: “Meanwhile on the front line in this trust’s hospitals we had to get changed in the toilets before doing a 12-hour shift, and if you were lucky there were some cold chips you could buy for £3 in the canteen.”

    Barts Health NHS Trust manages five hospitals in East London; The Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, Newham Hospital and Mile End Hospital.

    The trust said the video, shared on our TikTok and Instagram accounts, was intended to boost recruitment into office-based roles of all grades “in the style of recent light-hearted videos on these social media platforms”.

    The video has now been deleted and Barts Health has since apologised, replying to comments with “It’s clear we did not get this right – we are sorry and have withdrawn the video”.

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    Many have argued that the NHS Trust, and the video, are not to blame for the current NHS underfunding crisis and called on people to hold the government to account.

    Dr Phill Lee wrote on Twitter: “We should not be wishing to remove any of the facilities the Barts Health HR team have. We should be pushing for them to be rolled out to all NHS staff.”

    A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust told MyLondon: “We’re sorry for the offence caused, have deleted the video and will look for other ways to promote our trust as a place to work.

    “Thanks to Barts Charity we have improved wellbeing facilities for all staff in our hospitals, including dedicated wellbeing hubs, refurbished rest rooms, new lockers and bike racks, but we know we still have a long way to go.”

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