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Doctors treating doctors

It may often be easily forgotten, but healthcare professionals are people. They have families, mortgages, favourite movies and all of the other trappings of a normal existence. That includes, of course, the need to visit a GP. A surprising number of these practitioners, however, don’t seem to make their own health a priority.

‘There’s lots of barriers [to doctors looking after their health]. One is that we often put other people’s needs before our own,’ Dr Nicole Higgins, an experienced GP and medical educator, told Good Practice.

‘GPs often take very poor care of their health. We tend to self-diagnose and self-treat, and we tend to do a lot of “corridor consultations” with colleagues.’