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Qld doctors survey reveals bullying rate

Over a third of Queensland junior doctors responding to a workplace survey have reported being bullied, harassed or discriminated against in the state's hospitals.

The Australian Medical Association Queensland has released its 2018 Resident Hospital Health Check Survey findings with 37.9 per cent of the 615 junior doctors surveyed personally experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination.

The survey states only 18.9 per cent said they reported the incidents they experienced, while 60.9 per cent felt there was nothing they could do.

One of the highest rates of bullying concerns was within the Gold Coast Health region, where 55 per cent of respondents claimed to have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination.

AMA Queensland's Bav Manoharan said the survey revealed concerning trends.

"Gold Coast Health, which includes two main hospitals, is particularly disturbing with more than half of junior doctors experiencing or witnessing bullying or harassment, a significant increase from 17 per cent in 2017," Dr Manoharan said.

"Junior doctors employed by GCH reported 40 per cent of these incidents involved senior medical officers and only 43 per cent of reported incidents were properly dealt with."

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said he would examine the results of the survey.

Mr Miles said over 6080 junior doctors worked in Queensland's public hospitals.

"We also value the views of our junior doctors," Mr Miles said in a statement.

"That's why we conduct our own employee surveys, such as the Working for Queensland survey, which we act on to improve working conditions for our staff.

"In 2017's survey results, Queensland Health showed improvements in areas such as staff engagement, organisational leadership, anti-discrimination, fairness, learning and development, and job empowerment."

Queensland Health said junior doctors were critical to the state's health workforce and the department was "working hard" to ensure they are supported.

"We do not tolerate workplace bullying, harassment or dsicrimination in any of our facilities," a Queensland Health spokesman told AAP.

"The department and our hospital and health services continue to implement strategies to address and eliminate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace."

Other areas of concern raised in the survey included workplace safety, and concerns about making a clinical error due to fatigue from long work hours.

Of the state's 20 health regions, only North West HHS in Brisbane (B+), Mater Hospital (B-) and Wide Bay HHS (B-) were given overall grades above a C by the AMA Queensland.

© AAP 2018