Over half of sessional GPs suffer work-related stress

At least half of sessional GPs suffer from work-related stress, according to a new survey by the BMA | OnMedica

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The BMA reported that work-related stress has led more than one in ten sessional GPs to take time off work in the past year.

The BMA also found that a staggering 70% of locums would consider leaving the profession if a locum cap was introduced in general practice. It warned against anything – such as measures that harm locum pay – that could lead to an ‘exodus’ of locum and salaried doctors, who it said play a key part in solving the NHS’s current problems.

The BMA wanted to understand the issues that sessional GPs face, to ensure that its discussions with government accurately address their needs. So its sessional GP subcommittee conducted a UK-wide survey of salaried and locum GPs from 1st March to 6th April 2017.

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GP Workload strain compromises patient safety

Unmanageable workload means GPs are struggling to provide safe care to patients, according to the results of a BMA survey.

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Findings from the recent survey of GPs in England highlight the alarming impact spiralling levels of demand are having on GPs, many of whom are increasingly unable to cope. Based on more than 5,000 responses, the survey found that 84 per cent of GPs report that unchecked and growing workload pressures are undermining their ability to provide safe and quality care. Of this figure, 57 per cent described their daily workloads as ‘unmanageable’ with a further 27 per cent saying that excessive pressures are directly impacting standards.

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Read the full survey results here

Chart: How stressful GPs in the UK find their job

The Health Foundation | Published online: August 2016

  • 59% of GPs in the UK describe their job as extremely or very stressful, higher than anywhere else in the Commonwealth Fund Survey. Just 5% of GPs find general practice not too or not at all stressful.
  • By way of comparison, in Australia, only one in five (21%) of GPs find their job extremely or very stressful, and less than the one in four (24%) who find it not at all or not very stressful.
  • Of the UK respondents planning to leave medicine for a different career, 77% said their role as a GP was extremely or very stressful, compared to 49% of those who plan to stay. Improving stress levels will be critical to retention of GPs.
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In our report Under Pressure, we looked at the satisfaction of GPs, as well as care coordination and use of electronic medical records in general practice. The report is UK-focused analysis by the Health Foundation of the Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 survey of primary care physicians across 11 countries, which included several UK-specific questions funded by the Health Foundation.

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