Where pain in the NHS goes untreated - among its staff

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The number of referrals to the Practitioner Health Programme (PCP), a confidential NHS treatment service for doctors and dentists with addiction and mental health problems, has seen an increase from 3 to 17 per week with a peak age of 29 years old.

The Founders Network held a series of free and confidential listening events where practitioners held similar sentiments about their experiences of working in the NHS.

The listening events found that fear was the central emotion that emerged 'fear of annihilation, loss of jobs, service and of humiliation and being named, shamed and blamed'.

Professor Don Berwick, who conducted a review of patient safety in the NHS in 2013, wrote that fear "is toxic to both safety and improvement".

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