Stressed doctors thrown an MPS lifeline
The service is highly confidential and not even MPS is aware of who is reporting a particular problem. Despite only 19 doctors using the service to date, many more have been referred by MPS but have yet to take up the offer.
Dr Tim Hegan, International Operations Director for MPS, told 600 doctors attending an ethics evening in Cape Town on 12 November that thoughts of suicide and quitting medicine had been discussed by some users of the service.
Referrals for psychiatric treatment and long-term counselling were also made. Others ‘declined help owing to tight time constraints and feelings of inadequacy and pride’ – an alarmingly widespread malady.
Chris Bateman, HMPG
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Date published: 2010-01-13
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