Commenting on the NHS Confederation report today that warns thousands of NHS staff will quit unless they are supported to recover from the impact of the pandemic, Dr Naeem Nazem, head of medical division at the medical defence organisation MDDUS, said:
“We know doctors have given their all during the pandemic, but that effort is now taking its toll."
“The most recent survey of our doctor and dentist members showed that on average as many as half (51%) are considering leaving their profession or retiring early because of the impact of the pandemic."
“Family doctors have been particularly badly hit by the stress of Covid-19, including facing fears about receiving patient claims or complaints about decisions they’ve taken this year."
“We found that of the GPs who have these worries, more than seven in ten (76%) are tempted to leave the NHS or take early retirement."
“The NHS workforce needs time, training and support to recover to enable them to play the important role they will have in building back better.”