NHS reforms aimed at improving GPs’ performance are putting them under such stress that many of them are thinking of quitting, research has found.
In addition, the imposition of rigid 10-minute patient slots and the rise in the number of elderly patients with more complex problems make them fear for their ability to practice safely as well as worrying about their own mental health.
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Westminster and published in the British Journal of General Practice, talked to GPs about the strains of their jobs.
One GP said: “I came home from work and just went upstairs. I didn’t eat, I didn’t talk to anybody, I just went into a kind of stupor.
“I think it’s because of those really busy days with so many people and so many emotions, you just haven’t got the time to process anything.”