Thousands of days off a month for NHS staff in Yorkshire sick with stress

Full Story at ITV News, 12 February 2018.

Yorkshire’s NHS trust staff are struggling with stress or anxiety. A recent ITV investigation revealed that tens of thousands of working days are being lost every month. More than 37,000 working days were lost at NHS trusts in the region during May 2017 alone – that is almost a third up from the same period four years earlier.

One doctor, who was signed off for two weeks from a South Yorkshire A&E department, has told ITV he believes workforce stress is an “endemic” problem within the region’s health service. He says two of the 15 junior doctors on every A&E shift would often be signed off sick, leaving rota gaps and increasing workforce stress.

NHS Digital released figures highlighting the situation and has led to hospital trust taking new ways in which they can support staff. They have began using Shwartz Centre Rounds at Harrogate hospital which is an initiative which encourgages staff to talk about their problems.