DAUK’s Dr Amy Attwater speaks to The Guardian about mental health crisis of NHS doctors

The Guardian has reported on the terrible conditions leading to burnout of NHS staff.

“After her third time with burnout – the last resulting in her taking six months off work – Amy Attwater, an A&E doctor, considered leaving the profession altogether.

Attwater, 36, said in the Covid crisis, during which a colleague killed himself, she started having suicidal thoughts and doubting her own abilities. She twice reported that she was being bullied but said no action was taken.

“The only thing I was left with was to take time off work. I ended up having therapy, seeing a psychiatrist and being on two antidepressants,” said Attwater, the Midlands-based committee member for Doctors’ Association UK.

The conditions now, because of the NHS crisis, are “even worse than it was during the pandemic”, she said. There is not time to take a moment after a life-or-death incident with a patient, resulting in secondary trauma, and some big hospitals have a “toxic culture”. The attitude of consultants is “right, on to the next,” she said.

“By the time you come home you’re just shellshocked. The amount of times that I’ve come home and just cried and cried and cried.”

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