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Doctors: Stress

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL880, tabled on 28 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Resilience burnout and coping mechanisms in UK doctors: a cross-sectional study, published in the British Medical Journal on 27 January.

Answered on

11 February 2020

The Government is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of doctors, so that doctors can continue to support the health and wellbeing of their patients. The National Health Service currently provides mental health support for doctors in England through the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, a mental health assessment and treatment service that NHS doctors and dentists can access via confidential self-referral.

The Government is committed to addressing the pressures facing NHS staff, including those caused by staff shortages. The NHS will publish the final NHS People Plan in early 2020, ensuring the NHS has a workforce with the appropriate people and skills to meet demand. A ‘new offer’ will be published alongside this plan, detailing the health and wellbeing support that all NHS staff can expect to receive from their employer.