National Association for Patient Participation

New measures to deal with GP fatigue announced today

02 September 2015

New plans to relieve GP fatigue and burnout were revealed today by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the NHS Innovation Expo

Today’s speech sets out measures which aim to improve the health and well being of 1.3m health workers, and highlights the need to provide more support for GPs suffering from fatigue and burnout. We are really pleased to see that our calls to address this serious issue are being listened to. Fatigue, stress – and eventually burnout - among family doctors is increasing, to the detriment of their own health, and this could have a devastating impact on the care that patients receive. 

We are delighted to see that today's announcement includes a new occupational health service for GPs. This is something the RCGP has been calling for and we are looking forward to working with NHS England and others to develop this as a priority. 

It’s vital action is taken now to provide more support to GPs – we want to see healthier doctors providing safer care for all patients and we hope that measures announced today will also help deter highly skilled GPs from leaving the profession due to stress and fatigue.

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