Welcome back to The Medic Portal’s news summary blog. This week’s summary will cover the highlights in health news from 23rd to 29th of January. This week, France banned unlimited sugary drink refills in restaurants, £20 million will be spent on supporting stressed GPs and a warning was issued as starchy foods cooked a high temperatures could have a link to cancer.
Stressed GPs are to be offered therapy to prevent burnout as work pressures increase. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director will launch a new £20 million national campaign to support doctors with mental health problems and encourage GPs not to take retirement. Leading doctors say that GPs are suffering increasing levels of anxiety due to workload and longer waiting times. The service will be free and confidential and will also help those who may have turned to drink or drugs to cope with stress. The service will allow GPs to refer themselves for therapy and it will also rehabilitate those who have given up work. A major report published last year by the Kings Fund found that only one in 10 trainee GPs intend to work full time, this is thought to be because of the increasing intensity of workload.
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