Now is a moment to invest in the long-term mental health and wellbeing of our healthcare professionals
The British Safety Council and sister charity, Mates in Mind, have responded to Ian Byrne MP.
James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind said:
"This early data from IPPR indicates that there will be long-term consequences for healthcare professionals, and an impact across many other sectors – especially as employees returning to work.
"We need to start planning now for how we can support our workforces in the months and years to come.
"We know from our work across many different sectors, including work with healthcare professionals, that mental health in the sector is most likely underreported and that healthcare professionals are suffering from PTSD – and that is before the outbreak of the coronavirus.
"As we move out of the lockdown and start the hard work of returning to normal we must not forget the carers we have so recently been clapping for, and those workers in other sectors who should expect as a minimum a physically safe and mentally supportive environment to work – now is a moment to invest in the long-term mental health and wellbeing of our healthcare professionals.