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GeneralDec 17, 2020

Respiratory professionals ‘close to burnout’ as Covid-19 heaps extra pressure on them, charity warns

Long-standing concerns over a lack of investment in respiratory departments across the UK appear to have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

That is the message delivered by the British Thoracic Society (BTS), a charity which has released results of a survey it completed among NHS respiratory leads across the country at the end of November.


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Respiratory services are 'dangerously stretched' and staff are 'close to burnout'

About one third of leads – or 85 out of the 244 in the UK – responded on behalf of themselves and colleagues, including physios.

They were asked about current staffing levels and whether any departmental changes had occurred since February.

 Key findings: workload pressures

  • 71 per cent of respondents said they had insufficient numbers of medical staff to manage their workloads
  • 80 per cent had too few non-medical staff
  • 71 per cent lacked sufficient bed space to cope with the number of patients they were treating
  • despite the opti...

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