GPs report substantially higher job stress

GPs are reporting substantially higher job stress, citing 'adverse publicity from the media', 'long working hours' and an 'unrealistically high expectation of their role by others'.

Respondents to the survey reported working an average of 40-42 hours per week, an increase of just over an hour compared with 2005. Working hours remained approximately three hours per week lower than the levels recorded before the introduction of the new GMS contract.

On a seven-point scale, overall job satisfaction had declined significantly, from 5.2 in 2005 to 4.7 in 2008. The largest declines were with hours of work and remuneration.

The survey of 1,300 GPs by the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre concludes: ‘GPs' working lives remain improved since the introduction of the new GMS contract, but have drifted below the peak reported one year after the new contract was introduced.'

Considerable or high quitting intentions are more prevalent in 2008 than 2005 but below the figures reported in 2001 and 2004.

  • Has your job stress increased and, if so, why?


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