Reporter 440, 11 October 1999

Female GPs suffer more abuse

Women doctors are more likely to suffer abuse and threats from patients than their male colleagues, new University research suggests.

The study found over half of all GPs had been verbally abused while at work, over half have recently improved security at their surgeries and five doctors questioned had even been threatened with a weapon. The survey of 419 GPs in the North of England was carried out by Graham Ness and Allan House, with Andrew Ness from Bristol University.

Dr House said the survey showed that, while verbal abuse and threats were common in general practice, more serious incidents are much rarer.

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