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Why has this service been set up?

General Practitioners are like everyone else and encounter all types of health problems. The focus of this programme is on early intervention, to support the health of GPs so that wherever possible they can continue providing safe and valued care to their patients. There is a tendency for doctors to manage their own health problems, to self-medicate, to chat informally to colleagues etc. rather than seek a proper consultation and treatment. For this reason many problems go unreported or unrecognised. This service seeks to provide a way that GPs can access support and advice that they need in a confidential and understanding environment.

This service is also a commitment of NHS England’s General Practice Forward View ( as part of a wider package of support to general practice.

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