Physician Burnout – British NHS Announces World’s First Government "Burnout Service"
The British National Health Service (NHS) has been having a very rough time lately. Despite always being mentioned as one of the top healthcare systems for cost effectiveness, they are fighting a running battle with rampant physician burnout and a near mutiny by providers. Here are just a few of the low points.
- Burnout rates are sky high
- The providers will strike the government every month for the rest of this year over an attempt to force a standard 7-day work week
- There is even an effort to get doctors to turn in their colleagues for burnout
Now the government is attempting a turnaround
Last week the NHS announced that beginning in 2017 it will spend £19.5 million ($24M USD) in 2017 to treat burnout in General Practitioners (GP’s) nationwide.
(Here is the full article on the announcement)
The NHS announcement said:
“The service is the world’s first nationally-funded health service of its kind for general practice, a clear signal of NHS England’s commitment to help retain a healthy and resilient workforce and in supporting GPs and GP trainees who wish to remain in or return to clinical practice after a period of ill health.”
The service is described as follows: