UK doctors at greater risk of anxiety than the public

GP mental health

A growing body of evidence indicates that GPs need more support from the wider workforce, due to the increasing demands of their job and the toll this takes on their health and wellbeing.

The latest report by the Society of Occupational Medicine and The Louise Tebboth Foundation found evidence to suggest that UK doctors are at greater risk of work-related stress, burnout, depression and anxiety than the general public. The risk of suicide is also high compared to the general population.

Mental health problems among doctors are on the rise, alongside increasing demands, lack of support, a faster pace of work, lack of autonomy and diminishing resources. GPs and junior doctors are said to be the worst affected, often experiencing burnout early on in their career.

The report also suggests that current working conditions could have major implications on patient health.

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