Another task for harrassed doctors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:800
  1. Jane Smith

    Stress, a BMA colleague remarked this week, is no longer news. Everyone, he said—policemen, teachers, farmers—suffered from it and increasingly were establishing services to help cope with it. Doctors are no exception, and the BMA will itself launch its stress helpline for doctors in a couple of weeks' time. In the meantime a report from the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust on taking care of doctors' health reminds us why it's necessary.

    The Nuffield trust is one of those useful, privately funded bodies that produce well researched reports and do good quietly behind the scenes, often in areas which don't attract much other funding or attention. This time it brought together a working group to tackle the twin problems that underlie the issue of reducing avoidable stress and improving services for doctors who fall …

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