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Your life in their boozy hands' screamed one, uninspired, tabloid headline this week at the news that one in 15 doctors has had a problem with drink or illegal drugs. How could highly intelligent doctors fall prey to the same addictions that plague the less-educated? mystified writers asked.

An answer to this ignorant question could be found at an RCGP conference on 'Positive general practice' last week. Around 150 GPs packed the Royal Society of Medicine seeking greater professional happiness.

GPs lined up to talk about the stress they were under. How they were struggling to marry their innate desire to care for patients with the growing demands of modern general practice. And how they did not know where to turn for help.

Since the new contract, all the attention has focused on rising GP pay. But the message from GP after GP was simple and stark. Money is not the answer. It's about job satisfaction.

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