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We’re only human

General practice is going through exceptionally challenging times. Morale is at an all-time low, and we are all suffering from overload. I work 12-hour days in the week and spend all Sunday, like colleagues, doing paperwork. We’re only human, and we need to see our families and friends to survive emotionally. At the moment GPs are maxed out – many of my colleagues in their 50s are retiring simply to get away from the workload. General practice isn’t sustainable at the moment – which makes the failure of the latest contract negotiations all the more painful to watch. 

Dr Ivan Camphor, secretary of Mid Mersey LMC