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The Challenge of Coming From Elsewhere

In the last few years, many studies have addressed the topic of problems suffered by doctors working in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Most of them discuss similar issues – symptoms of burnout, mild to moderate depression, and anxiety. Although these are often referred to as “common mental health problems,” I view them as common integration problems.  Participants report struggling to sleep, losing interest in their jobs, and problems with colleagues and patients – some so severe that they are reported the General Medical Council (GMC), which has seen a leap in the number of doctors reported for disciplinary action.

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Silvana Di Palma

Consultant Histopathologist and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Surrey and Training Program Director and Breast, Head & Neck & Thyroid MDT Lead Pathologist at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK.

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