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The Government must urgently outline a credible plan for addressing the huge backlog of patients awaiting NHS treatment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the BMA says today, as a new survey reveals doctors’ deep concerns about being able to manage a surge in demand in the coming months. The doctors’ union is calling on the Government to be honest about the scale of the task ahead, and to bring together health leaders and staff groups to ensure frontline clinicians are leading discussions on how to prioritise the sickest patients left without treatment due to the redeployment of staff and resources to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
Responding to Public Health England’s review of the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities, published today1, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “The BMA first called for a review at the beginning of April in order to understand why there were such disproportionate deaths and serious illnesses in BAME healthcare workers and in the community, and so that action could be taken protect them. Two months later, this report is a missed opportunity. “It is a statistical analysis, which while important, gets us no closer towards taking action that avoids harm to BAME communities.
COVID-19 has placed doctors under unimaginable pressure, with many reporting heightened stress, finds a BMA survey. Tim Tonkin reports from the front line ‘I don’t think I realised how stressful it was directly until I wasn’t sleeping, and bursting into tears in the car and when saying goodbye to my kids on the way to work.’ ‘I feel I have aged over the past three months, with variable levels of anxiety and stress, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, whilst trying to run a practice and protect my staff.’ ‘I have never experienced this much stress in my whole career of 15 years.’ These heartfelt and brutally honest confessions as to the physical and mental demands being borne by doctors leading the fight against COVID-19, reveal the extent to which the pandemic has tested the mental resilience and wellbeing of NHS staff throughout the UK.

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