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dinsdag 22 mei 2018

RCGP: Almost one in three GPs are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a week

Almost one in three GPs are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a week

Almost one in three GPs are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a week

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, RCGP Wales has published the figures to raise awareness of the impact of rising workloads on GPs' own mental health and wellbeing.

In a ComRes survey commissioned by the Royal College of General Practitioners Wales (RCGP Wales), almost one in three of Welsh GPs (32%) say they are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a week.1

Due to a shortage of family doctors, GPs are struggling to cope with rising demand and are having to work harder, over longer hours, to provide care for their communities.

The College has launched a further survey to further explore the link between GP workload and wellbeing and to help identify possible solutions to the pressures GPs are under.

Responding to the statistics, RCGP Wales Chair, Dr Rebecca Payne, said:

"These findings are very concerning. Due to the GP workforce shortage, family doctors are working under extremely challenging conditions to ensure that all patients receive care when they need it.

"Many GPs are now routinely working 12-13 hour days without taking time for breaks. This pressure is taking its toll on family doctors across Wales. That can only have negative knock on effects for how able GPs are to provide for the health of their patients.

"GPs across Wales want to provide compassionate care, and many GPs repeatedly go above and beyond for their patients when they need it most. However, for GPs to continue providing this level of care, we need to ensure that GPs are also able to look after their own wellbeing.

"In Mental Health Awareness Week, I strongly encourage GPs to look out for themselves and their colleagues. We must do all we can to protect our wellbeing – there is no stigma in seeking help.&

"For the sake of the profession and our patients, we need to ensure that GPs are valued, supported and empowered. That will encourage GPs to enter and remain in the profession and help ensure the future of general practice in Wales.

"GPs have told us that tackling rising workload is a priority for them and as RCGP Wales Chair, I want to do all I can to promote GP wellbeing. This is why we have launched a survey to explore GP workload and wellbeing in more depth and see how it is affecting GPs across the region.

"I strongly encourage all GPs to complete this survey."

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Recruitment efforts in under-doctored areas must be stepped up to tackle health inequalities, says RCGP

"We desperately need more GPs right across the country, but we know that some areas, often more deprived areas - but also rural and some coastal areas – are finding it more difficult to recruit GPs than others.

"The paradox is that people living in deprived areas tend to have a greater number of long term conditions and more complex health needs, and actually, they often need more access to general practice services.

"Patients who suffer from multiple, long term health conditions – and there are more in deprived areas - need longer with their GP to disentangle all their health issues. The standard 10-minute consultation is simply unfit for purpose for patients with complex problems, but to offer longer appointments, we need more doctors, and we simply don't have them.

"Incentives for GPs to work in under-doctored areas have been successful where they have been piloted – we need to see these expanded, and rolled out across the country, but we also need to see efforts amplified to tackling the crippling workloads facing GPs, so that we can recruit more doctors to the profession, and safeguard the ones we have from burning out.

"Ultimately, we need to see NHS England's GP Forward View, with pledges of £2.4bn extra a year for general practice, 5,000 more GPs and 5,000 more practice team members by 2020 delivered in full and as a matter of urgency."

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Patient concerns over statins 'understandable', but research shows drugs are safe and effective, says College

She said: "It's understandable that patients have concerns about the benefits and risks of taking statins given the controversy that has surrounded them in the media, and the diverging views that exist around statins amongst healthcare professionals. But actually, there is high-quality, recent, research that demonstrates they are safe and effective drugs when prescribed and monitored appropriately, and that in most cases where adverse side effects are seen, these are reversible by stopping taking statins or switching to an alternative drug.

"GPs are highly trained to prescribe based on the individual circumstances of the patient in front of them, and a decision to prescribe statins will never be taken lightly. Patients certainly have the right to question whether statins is the best course of treatment for them – as they do with any medication they are prescribed – and this should be part of a conversation between doctor and patient about all the potential risks and benefits to their health and wellbeing.

"It is essential that patients who are prescribed statins, undertake regular medication reviews with a healthcare professional to determine whether or not they remain the best treatment option, based on their current circumstances."

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