NHS staff taking 3.5 million sick days for mental health problems

Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP who obtained the data through a parliamentary question, said: “These incredibly worrying figures show the mental health of NHS workers was already at a tipping point before the pandemic stuck.

“Many nurses, doctors and other NHS staff have been left exhausted and traumatised from the crisis and they now need extra support.

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The NHS is losing more than 3.5 million days of work by staff because of sickness linked to mental health problems, it has emerged.

New data from NHS England shows the problem is also getting worse with an increasing number of days and proportion of staff off sick for mental health reasons.

The data runs from March 2019 to February 2020, before the coronavirus crisis. It is feared the pandemic could lead to lasting mental health issues for some NHS workers.

“The Liberal Democrats have proposed a series of measures to ensure no-one slips through the net as the scale of the mental health impact of this crisis emerges. NHS staff are working round the clock to keep our health service afloat, so support must be available whenever it is needed.”

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