RCGP welcomes plans to roll out mental health support for NHS staff

Publication date: 20 February 2019

Responding to Government plans to enhance the mental health support available to NHS staff, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, like our patients, can suffer from both physical and mental health problems, so it is essential that we have quick and easy access to the appropriate care and support when we need it.

"GPs understand as well as anyone how escalating workloads and unsafe stress levels can take their toll on our mental health – in some cases, leading to burn out and highly-trained, talented people leaving the NHS. The NHS GP health service has been an excellent resource for GPs with mental health problems, and it's great news to see similar services being rolled out to staff across the NHS.

"The NHS would be nothing without the people who work in it, and it is imperative we look after them."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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