New health service for GPs with mental health problems

26th February 2017 by Kate Little

New health service for GPs with mental health problems

Mental ill-health in doctors is a global phenomenon. Doctors experience more mental ill health and addiction than other professional groups.

The numbers in the UK are high. A recent survey of 600 doctors by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), reported high levels of stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%).

There are higher rates of suicide in doctors than other professionals, especially in young women, who are two and a half times more likely than other women to kill themselves.

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"I was introduced to the local locum chambers several months ago when I made a career move from partnership. I now combine salaried and locum roles. The chambers provides helpful support, leadership, advice and governance and reduces professional isolation. This combination of support reassures me and helps me provide safe and consistent care to patients within the community . There is a useful, innovative online portal - LocumDeck - which helps me access local work and which has efficient systems for reconciliation of finance including pensions. I would highly recommend joining a locum chambers for any GPs starting out in the locum world ."

Dr Adrian Richardson

Dr Adrian Richardson

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