Doctors and nurses will need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after working in harrowing conditions on wards during the coronavirus crisis, health leaders warn.
The strain on their mental and physical health is already unprecedented and the virus has not yet reached its expected peak, they say.
The increasing numbers of infections mean staff could be forced to work this way for many more weeks.
“We are used to dealing with emergencies, but we have never been exposed to this sort of demand.
We know staff are already struggling physically and mentally and that this will only continue.
“We desperately need to look at our own data to understand whether we are getting this right or not.
“Trusts are doing all they can to support staff health and wellbeing and there are well-established support systems in place. »