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Our misery sponges are becoming saturated


For sure we are affected by the distress and sometimes shocking things we have to deal with. But to be a GP and expect these things not to happen is just unrealistic (especially in these days). Runnering through GP training, and indeed all medical training, should be a focus on personal resilience. We can be taught to cope with these issues, to build support mechanisms around us, and to recognise when we are near the edge. Sadly GP training seems to be overly focused on running a business, making a profit and maximising income. Now all of these are important, but our own mental health and state of mind are even more important. It may mean we accept a lower level of income, a slightly less efficient business or a more relaxed approach to maximising expenses. I suspect if more time is spent in training on how to manage our lives, recognise our drivers and prioritise what’s important, we would all be happier. May be our misery sponges would won’t get saturated, and fewer colleagues would get burnt out. Doing a workload survey is all well and good. If it is used to ask for more money it will result in simply having more more to be miserable. We must use the information to delectable on what we can do less of, if that’s what we want. I suspect most have already done this. We don’t need a workload survey to tell us we need more investment in Primary Care, more doctors and nurses, and better access, continuity and affective care. We do need to be able to look after ourselves, so we can look after others

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12 Feb 2019

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