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Workload pressures send GP divorce rates rocketing

Divorce rates among GPs have rocketed in the past year because of rising workload pressures, says a divorce lawyer.

Birmingham-based Benussi and Co said 30 per cent of its caseload was made up of medical professionals, the highest proportion in the firm's nine-year history.

Senior partner Diane Benussi said the same factors prompting GPs to leave general practice ­ spiralling workload, long working hours and feelings of stress, exhaustion and low morale ­ were also contributing towards the growing divorce rate.

'A noticeable increase in one sector is highly unusual. The new year normally sees an increase in our caseload, but there is no doubt there is pressure on GPs,' she said.

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