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Situations of moral injury and ambiguity will always go on in healthcare: it is how we deal with them that is important
  1. Kim Nurse1,
  2. Hannah Baird2
  1. 1 King's College Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Department, Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kim Nurse, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK; kim.nurse{at}


The article explores the concepts of moral distress and moral injury experienced by healthcare professionals, from the perspective of two junior doctors, in the National Health Service. It highlights the daily challenges faced by doctors due to insufficient resources, staff shortages and time constraints, leading to an inability to provide the expected level of care, which if not addressed can result in long-term psychological harm and impaired functioning.

  • medical leadership
  • clinical leadership
  • behaviour
  • career development
  • communication

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  • KN and HB contributed equally.

  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally to this piece of work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.