22% of GPS un­able to cope

The Herald - - NEWS -

A “WOR­RY­ING” num­ber of GPS are so stressed they feel they can­not cope, a new sur­vey has found.

The Comres sur­vey of 208 Scottish GPS com­mis­sioned by the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers (RCGP) Scot­land found 22% strug­gled to cope due to stress at least once a week.

One in 10 said they felt like that ei­ther ev­ery day or most days.

The sur­vey was car­ried out be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber last year, but the re­lease of the find­ings co­in­cides with Men­tal Health Awareness Week.

RCGP Scot­land said GP short­ages and rising de­mand had left fam­ily doc­tors hav­ing to work harder and for longer hours. It has said Scot­land needs 856 ex­tra full-time GPS by 2021.

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