BMA offers deepest condolences to family of Surrey GP Dr Gail Milligan

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Friday 5 August 2022
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Responding to the distressing news of the death of Dr Gail Milligan, a GP in Surrey, Dr Farah Jameel, BMA England GP committee chair, said:

“As a tightly knit community of professionals, we are deeply saddened and shaken to learn about the death of Dr Milligan. The loss will be profoundly felt by the whole profession, and we offer our deepest condolences to Dr Milligan’s family, friends and colleagues. Their grief will be immeasurable.

“Whilst more details about the circumstances that led to this tragedy may unfold in time, it is clear from the information that we have that Dr Milligan faced intolerable pressures in her working life as she strove to provide the care her patients needed. She was not alone; GPs across the country, despite their professionalism, dedication and compassion, are struggling to meet the untenable and unrealistic demands of the job today.

“GPs in their very nature want to give their all to their patients and their job, but this should never come at the expense of their happiness, health, safety and wellbeing – and those struggling must be able to access the support they need.

“The Government and policymakers must wake up to the damage being wrought within the NHS on their watch, and take a more responsible stance to safeguarding the workforce, who are all operating at their absolute limits.

“The death of such a talented family doctor will be a monumental loss to her loved ones, patients and the profession.”

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