DAUK co-chair Ellen Welch speaks to the Morning Star

Following the death of Dr Gail Milligan, DAUK said the “time to act is now,” with GP services at “boiling point” and the pressures on practitioners mounting.

“The tragic death of a dedicated colleague must act as a wake-up call for our leaders to take action to support us.”

Dr Ellen Welch, a GP and co-chairwoman of the association, said the reality for most GPs includes working 12-plus hour days, during which doctors are “juggling” clinical work with “mountains” of unseen tasks.

She said: “How many more doctors have to burn out, retire early or even die before it clicks that the problem is fundamentally with the system and not the people within it who are trying their best.

“My thoughts are with Dr Milligan’s family.”

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