More than half of salaried and locum GPs suffer from stress as a result of their work.
These are the chief findings from a BMA survey of around 2,000 such GPs, which also found that one in 10 have taken time off work because of work-related stress in the last year.
The survey was carried out between 1 March and 6 April this year by the GPC sessional GPs subcommittee, which represents salaried and locum GPs in the UK.
It found that 76 per cent of salaried GPs had noticed a rise in workload. Seven out of 10 locum GPs said they would consider leaving the profession if a cap on locum pay was introduced in general practice.
GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair Zoe Norris said the survey laid bare a workload crisis that threatened to overwhelm locum and salaried GPs.
‘It cannot be healthy that more than half are suffering from the impact of work-related stress that is clearly being caused by a working environment starved of resources despite rising patient demand,’ she added.
‘Further measures that damage locum pay could result in an exodus of these hard-working professionals that will only make this already difficult situation even more problematic. The urgency of these challenges cannot be understated.’
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