Video: NHS must do more to support GP mental health

NHS support for GPs and other doctors facing mental health problems must improve to reflect growing pressure on the profession, a charity has warned.

More than four out of five doctors in the NHS know of a colleague facing mental health issues including depression or anxiety, according to a poll published earlier this week by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF).

In a video filmed as part of the charity's 'What's Up Doc' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the need for better support for doctors under pressure, senior RMBF figures said the NHS must do more to help doctors struggling to cope with rising workload and complexity of care.

The warning comes after a landmark BMA poll last year found that one in six GPs face unmanageable stress, a finding supported by DH-commissioned research that found GPs are currently facing the highest levels of stress and job dissatisfaction in a decade.

Meanwhile, a poll last year by the medico-legal organisation Medical Protection found that eight out of 10 GPs experience mental health issues during their career.

NHS England is currently 'scoping out' plans for a service to support GPs facing burnout, which is set to launch later this year.

Click here to read more about the RMBF's What's Up Doc campaign

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