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Half of London-based NHS and care staff considered quitting during Covid, survey finds


By James Hacker
1 April 2021

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Just over half of London-based NHS and social care workers considered quitting their job during the pandemic, according to a survey by Unison.

The survey of 2,222 health and care staff found that 70% felt unable to cope with work-related stress, with 54% saying they had considered quitting in the last year.

The survey, published yesterday (31 March), also found that 74% felt the Government had failed to protect them during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, nearly a third (31%) admitted that staff shortages had meant they had worked in a role they felt unqualified for.

Another 33% said they did not feel they had the necessary wellbeing support, and 24% had sought professional help to deal with the impact of work on their mental health.

Responses were collected between 8 and 15 March 2021, a week ahead of the anniversary of the first lockdown in England.

Jamie Brown, Unison London head of health, said: ‘NHS staff in London have made tremendous sacrifices in the fight against ​Covid.

‘Care workers too have given their all. Their physical and mental health has suffered as well. Staff need urgent access to wellbeing helplines, as well as on-site mental health support teams.’

He added: ‘There’s a real danger many employees may feel they can ​no longer face such demanding roles​ and leave the NHS for somewhere they feel more appreciated.’

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