GPs suffering exhaustion and stress will no longer be provided with any centrally funded occupational health support unless there are formal concerns about their performance, NHS England has announced, Pulse reports.

Managers have confirmed that their review into the occupational health services formerly provided by PCTs in England will recommend that funding is withdrawn for all GPs from April, unless there is a performance issue or a GP requires an additional assessment when registering for the first time on the national performers list.

GP leaders have hit out at the ‘disgraceful’ decision, which comes at a time when increasing numbers of GPs are seeking support with stress-related mental health concerns.

Official figures show that around a third of GPs have no occupational health support currently and NHS England said it would shortly publish a paper that will propose ruling out universal funding of occupational health services for GPs in all areas in England.