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GP fatigue a 'risk' to patient safety, warns RCGP

from Health Canal

Fatigue among overworked GPs is becoming so prevalent that it could jeopardize patient safety on a widespread scale unless urgent action is taken to address this, the Royal College of General Practitioners warns. The RCGP says that unlike professionals working in other "safety critical" sectors, such as aviation or the oil and gas industries, GPs cannot sound a "distress signal" when they are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with fatigue – and this could have a negative and potentially disastrous impact on their ability to deliver safe patient care. more

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