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“Gaslighted GPs” vote for cap on workload but against 9 to 5 core hours

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1176 (Published 10 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1176
  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

GPs have called for their leaders at the BMA to negotiate safe workload limits for general practice, after describing the unrelenting burden of their work at the annual conference of UK local medical committees in York on 10 May. Their ever growing workload is vastly outstripping the current workforce and undermining the safety of patients, they warned.

But a call for working hours to be limited to 9 am to 5 pm fell because of concern that it would do nothing to reduce workload and could lead to a reduction in salary.

Rachel McMahon, representing Cleveland LMC, said that GPs felt the pressure to “do more from everyone around us.”

“Our workload is impacting our health and wellbeing and the safety of our patients,” she said. “Guidance on safe work in general practice tells us that we should be having 15 minute …

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