According to a paramedic in London front line ambulance workers are experiencing increased levels of stress and depression, which in turn is leading to increased amount of sick days as a result.
Stuart Gray, who is a paramedic in London said the following: “We are continually hammered from the moment we sign on duty until we make our weak attempts to get home on time.”
“There is virtually no respite now. The biggest stress is being asked to deal with things that are clearly not emergencies.”
“Everybody and his dog wants or thinks they need, an ambulance. So we are constantly responding under emergency conditions to those who’ve drunk too much alcohol or who’ve been nursing a cough for two weeks. My colleagues are tired and depressed. They are leaving the profession, or going to places where there is still hope for pre-hospital care.”
This comes at time when figures revealed that the actual number of ‘stress-related’ illness days by people working in emergency healthcare such as paramedics and technicians has increased by approximately 40% in the last year.
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