Different types and styles of leadership are needed in different situations. The strikes are part of the picture (NHS stress: doctors‘ strike is a last resort), but the Guardian 20th Jan 2018 reports the cause: NHS has the west’s most stressed GPs, survey reveals
When the profession first called for honesty, more staffing and a realistic debate, which was some years ago now, leadership by consensus and democracy might have been possible. We appear to have lemming leaders..
Now we need a Cromwellian or a Churchillian figure: an authoritarian style.
Wikipedia describes the following:
…..Stress levels are so acute among British GPs that almost 30% plan to quit in the next five years, in a move that would make it even harder for patients to get an appointment promptly. The growing pressures on NHS family doctors are so intense that more than 20% have become ill in the past year, according to the findings from the authoritative Washington-based Commonwealth Fund.
Just under six in 10 GPs (59%) find their work stressful, with 39% of these saying it is very stressful| and 20% extremely stressful, which is higher than any other leading western nation in the triennial study. Researchers surveyed 11,547 GPs in 11 countries, including France, Germany and the United States….
Prof Nigel Mathers, the honorary secretary of the Royal College of GPs, warned that overworked GPs increased the chances of them making a mistake. “Such high levels of stress amongst GPs in the UK compared to other countries is bad news for the NHS and for our patients, as growing numbers of family doctors are becoming dissatisfied with their working circumstances and consider leaving the profession.”
Stress is the key reason so many GPs intend to quit. The Health Foundation’s forthcoming analysis of the American thinktank’s findings about NHS GPs reports that: “There is a clear correlation between those who want to leave general practice and stress levels. In the UK, 29% of GPs plan to leave general practice within five years….