COVID-19: Around 60,000 NHS workers living with PTSD after battling the pandemic
Sky News says an estimated 60,000 NHS workers are believed to be living with post-traumatic stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.
NHS Charities Together also found nine in 10 workers (90%) say it will take them years to recover.
Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters (73%) have expressed concerns about their colleagues leaving the workforce due to poor mental health.
Neal Ashurst, an operating department practitioner, was redeployed during the pandemic, switching from anaesthetics to a critical care unit.
He told Sky News he had felt “incredibly apprehensive” initially as it meant significant changes from his usual role which he found “very daunting”.
While the pressure continued to mount on staff, Mr Ashurst was conscious his own wellbeing was being affected as his own trauma began to grow.
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