NHS primary care staff 'under worrying levels of stress'

Medical Government/ NHS related news

A new report has shed light on the potentially harmful levels of stress with which NHS primary care staff are currently having to cope.

The new research from Mind has indicated that 88 percent of primary care workers find their work life stressful - a significantly higher rate than the 56 percent level seen among the wider UK workforce.

“A new report from Mind has highlighted the potentially damaging levels of stress affecting NHS primary care staff.“

Speaking to more than 1,000 NHS workers, the report indicated that 43 percent had quit or considered resigning from their jobs due to workplace stress, while 21 percent said they had developed a mental health problem as a result.

Moreover, 83 percent said work stresses affected their ability to sleep, 54 percent said it impacted directly on their physical health, and eight percent had experienced suicidal thoughts as a consequence.

The Mind report concluded that better systems of support and work management need to be implemented within the NHS to help ease some of this pressure.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GP committee chair at the British Medical Association (BMA), said: "This poll reinforces the BMA findings that GPs and their staff are under unsustainable pressure because they are having to work long, intense hours on dwindling resources against a backdrop of rocketing patient demand."

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