• Syed Shakir Ali Ghazali
  • Ijaz Ahmad Shah
  • Syed Arif Ahmed Zaidi
  • M. H. Tahir


Background: Doctor’s profession has long been among one of the most attractive professions inPakistani society, but doctors are increasingly getting dissatisfied with their jobs. The focus of thisstudy is to point out the most prominent factors of job dissatisfaction among doctors working atBahawal-Victoria Hospital / Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur. Methods: Aquestionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 60 out of 244 doctors working at BahawalVictoria Hospital / Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur. Questions included satisfactionwith respect to designation, income, service structure, career prospects etc. Results: Overall 56%doctors were not satisfied with the level of their income. It is found that 92% of all the doctorswere neither satisfied with the present service structure nor with the career prospects in Pakistan.Further, 78% of the doctors would like to serve abroad. Main factors contributing towards jobsatisfaction were designation and working environment whereas service structure turned out to bethe source of dissatisfaction. Conclusions: Most of the doctors in all ranks and with differentqualifications were not found satisfied with their job due to lack of proper service structure andlow salaries.Keywords: Career prospects; cross-sectional study; job satisfaction; medical care;service structure


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