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90% of doctors report relationship pressures due to long working hours


Nine out of 10 doctors across the UK believe their working hours put their personal relationships under pressure, a major new study by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund has found.

The survey, which polled 1,351 GPs, consultants, hospital doctors and charity supporters, found that an ‘alarming’ number of doctors experienced mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as a result of working under increasing pressure.

Over 80% of doctors know of colleagues experiencing mental health issues, with nearly three-quarters saying they knew of other doctors experiencing marital and family problems.

Patient loads, working hours and the pressure of increased scrutiny in the shape of CQC inspections and revalidation are key factors contributing to mental health issues. It added that doctors are unlikely to reach out for support or advice for fear of discrimination or stigma, or are inhibited by their ‘high achieving’ personality traits.


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