UK doctors say there isn’t time for quality care

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work_stress_1 Nearly half of recently qualified GPs are experiencing rising levels of stress, while over a quarter say they don’t have time to deliver the care patients need.

Of 368 GPs surveyed by the BMA who qualified in 2006 (from a cohort of 435), 40% said their morale had deteriorated in the last 12 months.

The respondents identified the current NHS structural reforms – claimed by the Government to be ‘empowering’ GPs – as a major reason for this decline in the professional experience of primary care.

However, 92% said that interactions with patients improved their morale – showing that patients being more unwell or more demanding was not a major issue.

The 2012 survey found that 44% of respondents said their stress levels had worsened over 2012, 20% reported ‘unacceptable’ levels of stress at work, and 28% said they did not have time to deliver the care that patients needed.

In addition, more than half (54%) identified understaffing as a major problem in their practices, while more than three quarters (79%) said work-related administration duties negatively affected their time outside work.

The BMA said the survey’s evidence of declining patient access to NHS primary care of adequate quality was “troubling”.