Medical leaders have warned that ‘unsustainable’ pressures within the industry are leading to high levels of divorce and suicide in doctors. During the British Medical Association’s annual conference attendees were told that the dangerously large caseloads are forcing older GPs to retire early as well as discouraging younger trainees from joining the profession.
Zoe Greaves, a public health specialist, commented to her colleagues to say that suicide levels are twice as high among GPs and conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia are widespread. On top of this, medical professionals have been found to be 10-20% more likely to divorce.
“We all know first-hand of the challenges faced by those in our profession, of the impact these stresses can have on our lives, homes, relationships, and our health, both physical and mental.
“We all know of tragedies that have occurred, of lives lost and of bright futures snuffed...