Responding to today’s announcement that a confidential support line has been launched for NHS staff and volunteers, BMA Cymru Wales Council Chair, Dr David Bailey said:
“We welcome the introduction of the Samaritan’s confidential support line for NHS staff and volunteers. Working on the front line tackling the Covid-19 pandemic has been a time of high stress and anxiety for clinicians and staff across Wales, many of whom have struggled with their mental health, and we know that 40% of doctors have accessed wellbeing support since the pandemic began.
“It’s vital that doctors who look after others, remember to look after their own mental and physical health. We think that this will be a great complementary addition to the BMA’s dedicated wellbeing support service for all doctors, medical students and their families accessible twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
The BMA offers a 24/7 free and confidential wellbeing support service for all doctors and medical students in the United Kingdom, regardless of BMA membership. Sessions with qualified counsellors, who are all members of the BACP, can be accessed over the phone, on 0330 123 1245.
To access the BMA counselling service by live chat or email, visit this online portal.