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.
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...
Want to read the full article?
Simply join us and become a member... it's FREE!
Sign up today for FREE membership and get...✓ Regular newsletters
✓ Full website access
✓ Sponsor Benefits
We’ll keep you connected so you’ll NEVER MISS AN UPDATE!Click here to Join