EHS-COVID (388) Impact of COVID-19 on mental health of health workers

8 June, 2021

Extracts from a news item and a comment from me below. Full text here:


NHS and care staff in England are so burnt out that it has become an "emergency" and risks the future of the health service, MPs have warned.

A highly critical report said workers were exhausted and overstretched because of staff shortages.

It said the problems existed before the pandemic - although coronavirus has worsened the pressures...

Liz Stavacre, an intensive care nurse, said her unit had seen a lot of resignations, including people leaving nursing altogether "because they're so burnt out and can't deal with it anymore".

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's been a very difficult year. We're very tired - we're physically tired, we're emotionally tired, and there's very little time to take a break from what's happening."...

Many groups representing doctors have warned that having stressed and unwell staff risks safe patient care...


Comment (NPW): NHS staff in England are relatively well supported with better staff:patient ratios, equipment, treatment facilities, salaries and other baisc needs of frontline health workers, as compared with many health stafff in low- and middle-income countries. The stresses must be even greater in many LMICs, especially those such as India and Nepal that have seen such heavy caseloads recently. I invite HIFA members to share what is happening in their country and their hospital/health facility. Email:

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,