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Dr Mike on a Bike

Round the World Cycle Challenge

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p]Junior doctors’ morale in the UK is at an all-time low. As a medical student, I witnessed junior doctors feeling dispirited and demoralised about the profession they had worked so hard to enter.[/p][p]I qualified just after the divisive junior doctor strike in 2016. from within the workforce, I could feel the long hours, heavy work load, lack of rota control, social isolation and frequent rotation moves.[/p][p]This workplace culture breeds burnout and the sense of being under valued. The effects on the mental health of junior doctors is only just starting to be quantified. Young doctors are suffering from mental health breakdowns, moving abroad in droves and avoiding entering UK higher medical training.[/p][p]I could feel my own mental health deteriorating and I knew I had to take a break to broaden my horizons and switch off the bleep. In the melee of work, I had forgotten my own reasons for choosing medicine as a career. I planned a long distance cycling challenge.[/p][p]I hope that by undertaking this 8 month, 19000-mile journey I can raise awareness and promote conversation around the mental health issues experienced by so many junior doctors working across the UK. Doctors should feel confident to ask for help, know where to look, and to have their request treated with sensitivity and respect. In a system where there is absolutely no slack or depth in the workforce putting your hand up to ask for help is not easy. There is so much to be positive about being a doctor; to be the person others turn to when they need mending. Sometimes doctors need mending too.[/p][p]I’d like to be a positive voice and champion medicine to young people as a rewarding and fulfilling lifelong career. With your donations, we can ensure that there is a caring profession waiting to support them.[/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

09 Feb 2019



Laura Gallop

Good luck Mike! Super impressive. Let me know when you're passing through melbourne


Charlie Hall

Whataman. Really enjoying the blog too. Keep it up

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Such an amazing challenge, and fantastic charities! Good Luck, can't wait to see you here!




Just put one pedal in front of the other. That's how cycling works right?

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Patrick Nally

Good luck Mike!




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Good luck old boy

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Huge good luck to you guys - as a midwife, thank you for the back breaking effort you and all of your colleagues put in every day - we see you!