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RMBF Chair speaks out about stress-related sickness

Professor Roger Jones, Chair of the RMBF, has spoken out about rising stress levels in the medical profession, as new figures show that sick days taken by doctors in Plymouth have risen by 430% over the past five years.

Professor Roger Jones"In 2014, 60% of the doctors we helped were suffering from mental health and addiction problems, and one of the causes we hear often is the additional stress they are facing in the workplace," said Roger. "Doctors are traditionally not good at seeking help. It's important medical students are given guidance to recognise stress and how to deal with it."

Roger spoke to BBC News in Devon as it was revealed that for doctors at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, 763 working days were lost to stress-related sickness in 2014-2015, up from 143 days in 2010-2011. The trust said the figures were "concerning" and it was working to cut sickness.

In 2013-14, nearly 40% of the RMBF's beneficiaries turned to us for help with mental health problems. Our Support4Doctors website offers advice and information on dealing with stress, as well as many other mental health issues. 

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