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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Putting stressed doctors on the road to recovery

Wwith the suicide of

Dr Dawn Harris, another respected and highly capable doctor has been lost to general practice. It is often said that medicine attracts people with a certain type of personality ­ caring, perfectionist, hard working and stoical ­ and since general practice is a very tough job it is hardly surprising the stress rate is high. Female doctors now have an annual suicide rate double that of women in the general population.

Better support systems must be introduced for doctors. Occupational health services for GPs in crisis must be funded nationally

and the money must be ring-fenced.

And GPs really must act on what they have always known is true: there is no stigma in being stressed when day in day out one is striving to help others.

And ­ as they also know ­ the earlier

help is sought the faster and more certain recovery will be.

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