Commenting on the GMC state of medical education and practice in the UK
report, Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, said:
“The GMC is right to highlight the worrying levels of workload and burnout. Exhaustion and disillusionment, or suffering in silence with psychological injuries, puts the safety of both doctors and patients at risk, and GPs now face the additional challenge of creating more capacity to deliver the vaccine booster programme, at a time of huge demand, backlogs and abuse.
“While retaining and embedding the positive changes made at the start of the pandemic is important, we believe emphasis must also be placed on providing mental wellbeing support to doctors through a more coherent strategy which includes the provision of specialist support, alongside measures to build capacity into the system. Without this we will continue to lose staff from the workforce temporarily, placing even more pressure on stretched resources, or even permanently.”
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About Medical Protection
Medical Protection is a trading name of The Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”). MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of almost 300,000 members around the world.
Membership provides access to expert advice and support and can also provide, depending on the type of membership required, the right to request indemnity for any complaints or claims arising from professional practice.
Our in-house experts assist with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that arise from professional practice. This can include clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries.
Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We do this by promoting risk management through our workshops, E-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations.
MPS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MPS are discretionary as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.