For immediate release: Tuesday 5 May 2020
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland has today welcomed the publication of the British Medical Association’s survey on the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the NHS, and expressed concern regarding its findings relating to how the outbreak has impacted upon the wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
The survey of 1,351 Scottish doctors has revealed that 40% are currently suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, emotional distress or another mental health condition relating to or made worse by their work. A quarter of those who responded to the survey said that their condition had worsened as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19.
MDDUS is calling for the wellbeing of healthcare workers to be a priority in the response to the virus and beyond.
Dr John Holden, MDDUS’ Head of Medical Division, commented on the report’s findings, saying:
“MDDUS is aware that burnout has been a prominent and long-standing concern, even prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, and this survey brings into sharp focus the emotional pressure facing our healthcare workers.
“We recognise the significant strain they are under as they respond to the call to support national efforts in tackling the virus.
“MDDUS has made a range of wellbeing resources available to support healthcare professionals at this time of unprecedented challenge.
“But it is clear that the wellbeing of our valued healthcare professionals has to be prioritised across the board and in all four nations of the UK as we move through the peak of this virus and beyond.”