Doctors’ leaders call for warning system for GP burnout

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4152
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

General practice needs its own system that allows for “distress signals” when GPs are dangerously tired and overloaded, doctors’ leaders have said, to help ensure that patient safety issues do not arise.

The Royal College of General Practitioners launched a consultation document on 29 July,1 in which it made several proposals for protecting GPs’ wellbeing to prevent them becoming too exhausted to provide safe care.

GP fatigue is …

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