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Abuse from patients is harming GPs’ mental health, leaders warn

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 14 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1215
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

An overwhelming majority of GPs and practice staff (90%) have experienced threats and verbal insults from patients, and nearly a third (31%) have been the victims of physical abuse in the past year, a survey has found.

Doctors from the Rebuild General Practice campaign, which commissioned the poll, said that the hostile working environment coupled with unmanageable workloads and workforce shortages was harming GPs’ mental health as well as …

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