STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Paramedic reveals stress and depression among workers – ITV News

A paramedic has spoken out about high levels of stress and depression among frontline ambulance workers, saying there was “no respite” from pressures on the service. It comes as figures reveal the number of ‘stress-related’ sick days taken by people working in emergency healthcare – including paramedics and technicians – has rocketed by 40 per cent in just 12 months.

Stuart Gray, who works in London, said the stress of the job had caused him to be off ill on “several occasions”.

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.

– STUART GRAY, PARAMEDIC

5 News exclusive – Strain on frontline ambulance staff causes major rise in stress-related illnesses

Paramedics and ambulance technicians took 40% more days off for stress-related illnesses in 2014

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http://www.channel5.com/shows/5-news/features-archived/5-news-exclusive-strain-on-frontline-ambulance-staff-causes-major-rise-in-stress-related-illnesses

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2 Responses

  1. Will says:

    Hi Joanna, STUART GRAY, PARAMEDIC is right ‘Everybody and his dog wants, or thinks they need, an ambulance’. Regrettably I was one who called an ambulance 3 times within 3 days. I wanted to know what was happening to me with Tingling in hands, panic attacks and nearly psychotic.
    Three admittances to A+E and because standard blood test showed everything within their respective parameters I was ‘clinically’ discharged?
    I demanded copies of my blood test results and emailed them to a retired Haematologist. He immediately advised self treating a ‘sub-clinical’ low B12 level of 348 ng/L (NHS range 189-883). A lesson for all, the parameters are too wide. The Japanese range of 450-1200 is why they have very few incidences of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
    I wasted 6 paramedics time because GP’s aren’t trained in nutrition & vitamin deficiencies. But thanks to the web and being able to connect with anyone for help.

    Kind regards, Will

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    • Joanna says:

      Thank you Will for your comments, and your truthfulness. Thank goodness for modern technology, Regards Joanna

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