That’s fair enough, but i’m really not interested in all the excuses in the world. I (and others) have a level of expectation that is not unreasonable.I was trying to make the point that doctors do top themselves more often than average. The post I replied to sought to cast doubt on that and I didn't think it was accurate or reasonable. I might be wrong, this is subject to the vagaries and bias of statistics etc.
My own position is based on hearsay (old TV documentary) and anecdotes (my childhood GP killed himself, news reporting etc). I've spent some time interacting with Drs in various roles over my life and I can empathise with the idea that it could get overwhelming in certain circumstances. I'm not claiming scientific rigour here, but I would be very surprised if the group had a lower rate of suicide than the population.
When it comes to improving service then there's a lot that can be done. But if you have an individual GP that is struggling to cope then adding extra pressure onto them won't usually help unless there's some aspect of personal laziness that needs to be disrupted.
There's a lot I hear about this business that sounds crap, like GPs on "part time" gigs still having to do 40+ hours p/w to get everything done. That's the kind of BS I would not tolerate and would demand more money for. But if HMRC nicks 50% of it what's the point of doing the overtime? Add on the pension tax and the incentive to say "**** it" is even greater.
Fundamentally there's a labour shortage, which is why getting a GP is a ballache. It's hardly surprising given the tax disincentives we've created for them to do any overtime.
People coming on here and spouting statistics with no basis is bullshít.
People coming on here and making up things that are easily discredited is bullshít.