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Doctors suffer more work-

related mental health problems than any other group apart from the Armed Forces, Government figures show.

Psychiatrists reported 190 cases of mental ill-health among doctors every year, a rate of 137 per 100,000 workers. The figure compares with 164 cases per 100,000 servicemen, according to Health and Safety Executive occupational health statistics.

Dr Michael Peters, a former GP and director of Doctors for Doctors at the BMA, said GPs were particularly vulnerable because they often worked 'in isolation' and had to cope with enormous emotional strain.

The new contract would also lead to 'high demands' which could increase stress, he added.

The HSE said levels of work-related mental health problems were on the increase.

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