GP support service
Welsh GPs needing advice on everything from mental health problems to partnership issues will be able to access a support service from later this month.
The confidential service, which offers help on matters as diverse as addiction and Investors in People awards, has been established by Dr Sue Elliston, director of primary care support services for the NHS in Wales.
Dr Elliston, who trained as a GP and is based at the University of Wales, Bangor, said: 'I was aware of the fact that we have lots of friends and colleagues who were working really hard, loved their jobs but didn't have much time for their private lives.
'Our training encourages us to ignore when we're tired and ignore when we need to eat because there's always more patients, always more work to be done, and it has to be squeezed into a short space of time.'
GPs who need support on mental health problems will be provided with lists of accredited counsellors, with the first three sessions paid for. The GP remains anonymous except to the counsellor they contact.
The scheme will be launched by Wales health minister Dr Brian Gibbons on 22 March.