60,000 NHS staff believed to suffer pandemic-related PTSD

pharmafile | May 13, 2022 | News story | Medical Communications  

As many as 60,000 NHS staff are believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sky News has reported. New data from NHS charities has revealed that nine in 10 staff share it will take them years to recover. 

Additionally, 73% have expressed concern that colleagues leaving the workforce as a consequence of poor mental health.

The news arrives as NHS waiting lists again hit a new high, and calls for more staff continue.

The total number of people one waiting lists for procedures including hip replacements and cataract surgery reached 6.4 million at the end of March, a rise of the 6.2 million the figure stood at in February. This was the highest number since records began, in 2007, according to NHS England figures.

NHS England has also shared that more people have been coming forward to receive treatment after the lessening of restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1.8 million referred in March.

National medical director Professor Stephen Powis commented: “Today’s figures show our hardworking teams across the NHS are making good progress in tackling the backlogs that have built up, with record numbers of diagnostic tests and cancer checks taking place in March, as part of the most ambitious catch-up plan in NHS history.

“We always knew the waiting list would initially continue to grow as more people come forward for care who may have held off during the pandemic, but today’s data show the number of people waiting more than two years has fallen for the second month in a row, and the number waiting more than 18 months has gone down for the first time.

“There is no doubt the NHS still faces pressures, and the latest figures are another reminder of the crucial importance of community and social care, in helping people in hospital leave when they are fit to do so, not just because it is better for them but because it helps free up precious NHS bed space.”

Ana Ovey

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