THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MENTAL WELLBEING OF HEALTHCARE STAFF
Peter Phiri*, Shanaya Rathod, Kathryn Elliot and Gayathri Delanerolle
Pandemics are challenging times for society but even more for healthcare professionals who are supporting severe and critically ill patients with the infection as well as others that are already accessing treatments for ongoing medical problems. Hence, the mounting pressure inevitably would impact the psychological wellbeing of staff, especially frontline professionals. Whilst, the dedication and commitment shown by our healthcare workers are beyond admirable, the need for their safety and right to access psychological support should be a priority for their respective employers and the government. Pandemics are trialling times for all, however, healthcare professionals‟ wellbeing should be a primary focus to ensure better support is available in the future.
Keywords: COVID-19; healthcare staff; NHS; wellbeing; impact, mental health.
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