Responding to the survey by the Royal College of Physicians, showing 1 in 4 doctors have sought mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis
, Rebecca Smith, managing director of NHS Employers, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“These survey findings are sadly far from surprising, given the monumental pressures on the NHS workforce right now, with record numbers of patients in hospitals with coronavirus and about 53,800 staff away from work for reasons related to the virus, all while we are rolling out the largest ever mass vaccination programme. It is important that staff are able to access support, and we should be encouraging this in terms of supporting their wellbeing.
“The dedication and commitment of all NHS staff to keep going during this COVID emergency should not be understated, but this way of working is clearly unsustainable, and an honest conversation will be needed about how quickly the NHS can spring back once this peak subsides.
“We will continue to support employers across the health service with a range of resources to encourage their staff to seek help if they need it and would encourage even more to do so.”