Faculty Co-Signs Letter to Secretary Of State Calling for Better Access to Mental Health Treatment for Healthcare Workers

20 May 2021

The Faculty was pleased to co-sign a letter addressed to the Secretary of State calling for better access to mental health treatment and support for healthcare workers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on an already stretched workforce with a substantial proportion of healthcare staff severely exhausted and stressed. Many of them have been dealing with extremely high numbers of critically ill and dying patients, made more challenging by restrictions on visits. Others will have been unable to deliver essential care for patients, which has the potential to cause moral injury and mental health disorders. In addition, supporting staff and facilities management staff have also been under huge pressure to keep healthcare services functioning.

Letter to Secretary Of State Calling for Better Access to Mental Health Treatment for Healthcare Workers

The letter is also signed by: Medical Protection Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists, The Doctors’ Association UK, Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, British Medical Association, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, British Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association of Anaesthetists, Society of Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Medical Defence Shield.

The full letter can be accessed here.