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GPs' morale dips with age

Older GPs are suffering a dip in morale while younger doctors and part-timers are feeling better about their work, a survey of 80 GPs in Kent has revealed

Bromley LMC, which conducted the survey, said there was particular concern among older GPs about the ease by which complaints were 'fast-tracked' to bodies such as the GMC and Healthcare Commission.

Dr Jan Wagstyl, chair of the LMC, said: 'There's a perception among the public if you want to make a complaint stick you go to the GMC and the GP feels the fall-out. We had not identified a problem in older GPs before, but it could lead to practising in an overprotective way.'

He said the survey suggested nGMS had brought added pressures for GPs aged 50 and over.

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