Pres­sures are leav­ing doc­tors strug­gling to coPe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spotlight On Rail -

Dr Julian Spinks, a GP and vice chair of the Kent LMC, said: “I’m afraid I’m not sur­prised so many of my col­leagues are think­ing of leav­ing the pro­fes­sion.

“We have an age­ing pro­fes­sion in Kent so there’s a fair num­ber of those which are reach­ing re­tire­ment.

“But the big dif­fer­ence is while many of those might have stayed on a lit­tle bit be­yond that now it is such a dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment to work in they’re think­ing of leav­ing.

“We have a pro­fes­sion which strug­gles with in­ad­e­quate premises, it can­not re­cruit new doc­tors to replace those that leave, and there is fi­nan­cial pres­sure which is push­ing prac­tices to the wall.”

Dr Spinks said ex­tra fund­ing was needed to im­prove GP surg­eries and called for schemes to at­tract new doc­tors to train as GPs to pre­vent the sit­u­a­tion from get­ting any worse.

“It’s never been an easy job be­ing a GP, we’ve al­ways worked long hours, but the de­mand is ris­ing faster than the num­ber of doc­tors,” he told kmfm.

Dr Spinks said a newly launched scheme to pro­vide men­tal health care for un­der pres­sure GPs had al­ready been “over­whelmed” by de­mand from doc­tors suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety and burn-out.

“Ul­ti­mately the worst thing is it is start­ing to im­pact on safety and qual­ity of care that we can pro­vide for our pa­tients,.”

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