Figures released by the NHS show that 3 million staff days have been lost since the beginning of the pandemic due to mental health illness. The Government said that it continued to invest money to improving mental health facilities for NHS staff, but Labour called for a ‘Care for Carers’ package of support.
Claire Murdoch, NHS National Mental Health Director, said in late 2020:
“It is crucial that the NHS staff working tirelessly to protect the health of the nation throughout this pandemic are given the support they deserve, which is why we are announcing this expansion of services. Frontline workers are the backbone of the NHS, from porters and cleaners to nurses, doctors and therapists, and this funding will ensure they are properly supported while they continue to care for the thousands of patients who rely on the NHS”.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (above main photo), Labour’s Shadow Mental Health Minister, said:
“Frontline NHS staff have been doing an incredible job throughout this pandemic, but the added pressure this virus brings has had a profound impact on their psychological wellbeing. The level of death our workforce has had to experience is unimaginable. Without access to tailored mental health support, staff mental health will continue to suffer. The Government refused to meet to discuss Labour’s ‘Care for Carers’ package of support for all health and care staff. The offer is still open should the Government wish to extend mental health support to all carers and support staff”.