21 January

We believe it’s safe to say we are all waiting for resolutions to fall in place to fix the issues that the NHS are facing. A&E has been in the headline for months, and the debates have been snowballing as a result. With a sense of unease and uncertainty being up in the air staff have had to continue to do the best they can, and perform their job regardless.

Of course we have also heard from numerous doctors and nurses, who have opened the public’s eyes to what is now an evermore stressful environment to work in.

The number of nurses taking time off due to stress has soared as the NHS has struggled to cope with rising demand for care…health unions that the NHS’s 400,000 nurses are being stretched to breaking point as a result of having to work more demanding and longer shifts at a time when under-staffing and the increasing complexity of illnesses add to pressures. [1]

Statistics continue to be quite surprising when we consider the amount of Nurses who have suffered as a result of the NHS cuts and mistakes. It was also noted that in ‘London, almost 1,500 nurses at 31 NHS trusts took time off because of stress during 2014…that meant that one in every 29 nurses were off ill with stress. The 1,497 nurses took an average of 38 days off for stress’ [2]. Representatives have argued that it is both doctors and nurses who need time off because of the NHS failing to provide their staff with the 24-hour services.

How heartbreaking it must be for doctors and nurses to walk away from their job to care because they are not being cared for, because they cannot care for their patients properly, and the institution they work for has caused this stress for them.

Furthermore because they are NHS employees, they are costing the NHS more money by not being able to provide their services. This loop around is an never-ending chaotic mess. ‘Over 30% of all NHS sick leave is caused by stress, which is believed to cost the service up to £400m a year in lost productivity and the cost of replacing stressed staff.’ [3]

It is quite clear that once the NHS put some proactive amendments in place, further implications will begin to resolve as a result. But the question still remains, when will that be? And, how do they expect to fix this?

If you are a nurse, or doctor, who has suffered from stress lately, please let us know your thoughts.

[1] Kirk, A. (2015). Nurses at breaking point as number off work with stress soars. The Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/17/nurses-nhs-stress-leave-staff-breaking-point

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

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