GP expert advisers are needed for complaints procedure
I read with sadness the article about lack of support for stressed GPs (News, June 21). Difficulties can arise at any point in a doctor's life when it would be inappropriate for colleagues to provide support.
Precisely for this reason, with funding from the Department of Health, Doctors Support Line was set up by doctors to support, by phone, any doctor in distress, for whatever reason, in complete confidence.
Over the two years of running, an increasing number of doctors have used the service which can be a listening soundboard of an anonymous nature as well as sometimes an information-providing facility.
It always gives a doctor time and an opportunity to verbalise the problem, often for the very first time, to a trained volunteer doctor who is not a colleague.
While we can never replace a supportive friend, colleague or relative I am sure we offer a respected and helpful service for any doctor in distress.
The phone number is 0870 765 0001 and we provide 35 hours of direct contact a week:
Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri: 6pm to 10pm
Tues: 10am to noon; 6pm to 11pm
Sunday: 10am to 10pm
Doctors Support Line