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GP organises ball to boost the morale of pressured colleagues

GPs in Portsmouth will be able to put their troubles behind them and dance the night away at a ball designed to boost their morale.

The event is being organised by Dr Penny Wilson, a GP partner at the Trafalgar Medical Practice, to give GPs a chance to get together and forget the pressures of the job.

She hopes to attract 100 GPs from practices in the city and the surrounding area.

The event with food and live music is at Portsmouth landmark the Spinnaker Tower on April 28.

It follows a black tie ball attended by 93 doctors last year and a successful event at the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth two years ago.

Dr Wilson told the Portsmouth News that she thought the time was ripe for a second event as ‘morale is still really low in the NHS’.

She said: ‘There’s so much negativity surrounding the NHS and there have been certain cases surrounding individual GPs. It is having an effect on the workforce’.

The ball comes as after eight in 10 GPs told Pulse their workload has worsened despite the launch of the GP Forward View £2.4bn rescue package.

In Portsmouth, pressures led to the closure of The Queen’s Road surgery, which had a list of  5,500 patients, last year

This week’s LMC conference will discuss a motion proposed by under-pressure GPs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to encourage non-GP staff to become partners to ‘further increase the sustainability of the partnership model’.