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Burnout: set up watchdog to protect NHS staff, says wellbeing champion

A regulator that sets standards on staff wellbeing and holds the NHS to account should be established to help protect doctors from burnout, a champion of physicians’ wellbeing has said.

The proposal was one of several put forward by Clare Gerada, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, who recently stepped down as medical director of the confidential mental health support service NHS Practitioner Health.

She was speaking on 22 March to MPs on the House of Commons health and social care committee about how the Covid-19 pandemic had increased the number of doctors struggling with mental health problems, particularly in general practice.

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Source: BMJ, 24 March 2022


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