Dr David Bailey, Chair BMA Welsh Council, said:
'We absolutely welcome the extension of the Health for Health Professionals Wales service, offering mental health support to 60,000 NHS Wales staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
'Doctors, nurses, students and other healthcare professionals are working in extreme scenarios, often in roles that differ from their usual roles. This undoubtedly means they are experiencing additional stresses, along with having to deal with emotional strains, both in the workplace and at home. It’s important, now more than ever, that they know their mental health is being supported.
'I’d like to sincerely thank the retired doctors and other healthcare staff who are stepping into these mental health support roles. The impact of coronavirus hasn’t yet been fully realised and having these professionals in place is essential to ensure the support blanket is wide enough to look after those who are doing their utmost to protect us.
'Alongside the Heath for Health Professionals Wales service, the BMA also has a wellbeing support service for doctors, which is free, confidential and available 24/7. I’d encourage all healthcare professionals to make use of these services. Using them is not a sign of weakness. They’re there to ensure you are supported as you continue to care for patients in Wales.'
Notes to editors
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