Responding to health secretary Matt Hancock’s pledge to overhaul mental health and wellbeing for NHS staff, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday):
“The mental health needs of staff should be a priority. They’re working long hours, in highly stressful conditions, often without a rest.
“NHS workers can’t help patients get better unless they are well too. Proper solutions are needed though, not quick fixes.
“These proposals are a step in the right direction. But far-reaching reforms are also necessary, including proper breaks, manageable workloads, and protection from abuse and attack.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.
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