It’s time to look after NHS staff if we want them to look after us

Sophie Crocker-1

With the new hospital programme now underway, we should consider respite space provision for those expected to work in them so this can be incorporated into the design

This Is Going To Hurt is a raw and unflinching BBC drama based on a doctor’s life that recently appeared on our screens and drew the nation’s attention to the harsh reality of working in the NHS.

While the trauma facing doctors shocked viewers, it is worth noting that this was set in 2006 – a veritable idyll compared with the situation today.

We are facing a triple whammy of Brexit, covid and more than a decade of austerity measures placing additional pressures on the already over-stretched public health system and creating further wellbeing concerns among staff. This is thrown into focus by the fact that in 2020 44% of NHS staff reported feeling unwell due to work-related stress.

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