The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Medical Association (BMA) are calling on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock to deliver on his priority of “valuing, fighting for and championing NHS staff”, by ensuring all healthcare staff have access to high-quality rest facilities.
A recent survey by the Royal College of Anaesthetists found 49 per cent of hospital doctors do not have access to a dedicated place to rest during or at the end of their shift. The survey also found one in 10 doctors are being charged for a place to rest during or at the end of their shift. Of those respondents who did have access to rest facilities, approximately one third rated the facilities as poor or very poor, with only 24 per cent rating them as good or very good.
Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: "The Secretary of State has said that the health and well-being of the workforce is one of his top priorities and this is welcomed. Valuing our NHS staff and keeping them fit and healthy so they can provide the highest level of care for their patients, is something we should all be championing."
He pointed out, however, that some hospitals don’t provide doctors and other front-line healthcare workers with adequate facilities to rest.
"Many of the steps needed to put the NHS on a more sustainable footing will take time and require long-term planning and investment, but righting this wrong is relatively easy to solve if it is made a priority by local and national NHS leadership," Professor Mahajan said.