GPs’ demoralisation is due to our loss of human connection

Published on Sep 1, 2016in British Journal of General Practice5.386
· DOI :10.3399/BJGP16X686833
David Zigmond3
Estimated H-index: 3
A recent headline ‘Thousands of GPs “plan to quit”’1 heralded an accurate description of NHS GPs’ plummeting morale, resilience, and commitment. The journalists’ analysis then correctly identified our many problems: ever-increasing workload and stresses from ever-greater expectations of services; then rising litigation; all expressed in a population whose increasing longevity is bound to increase comorbidities. Yet all economically similar countries are facing these inescapable problems. What is particularly problematic for the UK, though, is how we have pursued ‘efficiency’ to deal with them. In brief, we have attempted to manage our health care as if it is …
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