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How are GPs coping during the pandemic?

Published: 3 July, 2020

The BMA has surveyed their members to understand how they are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent survey (up to 18 June) was completed by over 2,000 GPs.  Here are some of their responses:

  • 28% were suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, burnout or emotional distress relating to or made worse by their work
  • 31% has access to NHS wellbeing support services, but 66% did not
  • 52% have undertaken a desk based risk assessment,
  • 18% have felt pressured to see a patient without adequate protection, but
  • 89% of practices supply facemasks and
  • 60% of practices require patients to wear face coverings
  • 56% were not confident about the ability of their practice to manage patient demand as normal NHS services are resumed
  • 58% were not confident about their ability to manage patient demand if there is a second peak of COVID-19
  • 52% have been required to deliver patient care normally delivered in secondary care
  • 65% want colleagues to deliver patient care through remote working where clinically appropriate

To read more: COVID-19: analysing the impact of coronavirus on doctors, BMA 24 June 2020

Last updated: 3 July, 2020

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