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Increased stress for civil servants and GPs?

I read with interest Dr Peter Savill's editorial in the February issue, ‘Work-related stress increases risk of CHD' (Practitioner 2008;252[1703]:7).

He described the Whitehall study, which examined the effects of chronic stress on civil servants who were recruited to the study in 1984-86 and followed up until 2004.

One confounding element, not mentioned, that may have influenced this study was the change to a Labour government in 1997. Those civil servants followed after this point may have been subjected to higher levels of chronic stress; after all, with current Government policy, GPs certainly are.

Dr Peter Jones, GP, North Wales

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