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GPs have warned they are too busy 'bean-counting' and paperwork that they are failing to spot deadly conditions.
Family doctors are seeing a stream of patients that leaves them feeling stuck on a 'treadmill', according to interviews with GPs.
Criteria - Tasks - Patients - Quality - Care
And they are so focused on performing to a certain criteria, they are neglecting other tasks, putting their patients' quality of care at risk.
The study comes amid an NHS crisis, with staff shortages and practice closures reaching record numbers.
Workloads - Years - Doctors - Burnout
Mounting workloads over the past few years have left doctors feeling burnout and struggling to keep up, prompting many to retire early.
Researchers from Barts Health NHS Trust and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry quizzed 12 doctors in depth about their career since around 1970.
Years - Work - Work - Responsibility - Telegraph
In the past 30 years or so, they said their work had become increasingly fast paced with too much work and responsibility, The Telegraph reports.
Many described a resentment and concern towards performance indicators in GP contracts, which were introduced more than a decade ago.
Researchers - Targets - Focus - Care - Number
Researchers said: 'The targets distorted the focus of clinical care on to a small number of conditions, turning clinical practice into a "treadmill".
'Several GPs gave examples of being so preoccupied with the "bean-counting" of targets that they were in danger of missing the obvious and serious.'
GP - Signs - Woman - Heart - Attack
One GP described how he almost missed signs of a woman having a heart attack because he was 'half listening' to them while filling out forms.
Another said they put so much effort into targets that they are neglecting the other things 'they could or should be doing'.
Professor - Helen - Stokes-Lampard - Chair - Royal
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said there wasn't sufficient time or people to safely see the millions of patients a day.
She told The Telegraph: 'For some, these pressures have become too much, and many GPs...
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