Sunday 28 June 2015

Mental illness, General Practice and the GMC

+Clare Gerada tells +BBC News that levels of mental illness in GPs has become disproportionately high in recent years as a result of the unprecedented pressure they have been put under.

It is tragic that so many GPs are so unwell. This must change.

However, this also highlights the problem of stigma of mental illness among doctors. While doctors have a duty to shop to the GMC their doctor patients and unwell colleagues, stigma will persist.

I would suggest that duty should be confined only to those whom one is a current clinical colleague of.

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