Junior doctors fail to seek help when they fall ill
Two thirds of Irish junior doctors fail to seek help when they fall ill with many self-prescribing instead of seeing a GP, a study has found.
The study suggests that junior doctors here are putting their own health at risk by failing to take time off when unwell, with two thirds self-prescribing instead of visiting a GP.
Some 23pc of respondents said they would not see a GP with anxiety or depression until they felt "hopeless, helpless or suicidal", and 12pc said they would not seek help at all.
The study - 'Practise what you preach: health behaviours and stress among non-consultant hospital doctors' - was carried out by a group of doctors taking part in the Western Training Scheme in General Practice. It looked at barriers to accessing supports among junior doctors and was carried out in 58 hospitals nationwide.
Almost two thirds said they were unable to take time off when unwell.