A profession in poor heartOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Stress among NHS nurses and GPs is now a significant problem, according totwo studiesA study, Stress Among Ward Sisters and Charge Nurses, commissioned by theNHS Executive and conducted by the Policy Studies Institute, has discoveredthat nurses in NHS hospitals are suffering stress because of a range of issues.Key among these is the anxiety about how staffing on their wards or units isto be arranged each day. A separate study by the BMA found a fifth of GPs said stresses of work putunmanageable demands on them. Other stresses for nurses included concerns about the competence of agencystaff, workload and hours, recruitment and retention problems, poor cleaningand domestic support and a sense of being disenfranchised from their workplace.Report author Professor Isobel Allen said, “Much of the stress iscaused by organisational and managerial factors which they feel to be beyondtheir control. They have big problems related to the infrastructure of theorganisation such as unreliable support services and old and poorly maintainedequipment.” The BMA survey found a quarter of all GPs are seriously considering leavinggeneral practice in the next five years. Dr John Chisholm, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee,said, “The survey shows a profession in poor heart, with GPs paying anunacceptable personal price for their commitment.” The fact that so many GPs admit to suffering from stress is in itselfsignificant. A study of GPs in Northern Ireland recently found many are tooembarrassed or reluctant to come forward and admit they might be ill orsuffering from stress. In June, the Government outlined plans to extend occupational health andsafety services from secondary care to GPs and their practice staff.