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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Suicide in healthcare: how do we protect NHS workers?

Suicide in healthcare: how do we protect NHS workers?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

This ThinkIn is produced in collaboration with Doctors In Distress. You can donate to their JustGiving page here. The suicide rate among medical professionals is 24% higher than the national average in England and Wales. Over the past few years, the high pressure and unusual circumstances of the pandemic placed a significant mental health burden on the healthcare workforce. 30-50% of the global healthcare workforce have experienced work related stress or burnout in the past three years

If those trained to look after us when we are sick are themselves demoralised and unwell due to mental illness, it spells trouble for an already strained health service. 

There are additional pressures beyond the pandemic, with too few doctors and nurses covering too many vacant positions, worries about pay and an increased cost of living. Protecting the mental wellbeing of our healthcare workforce is both a practical need and an ethical duty: but so far the response has been inadequate. 

Join us for a special ThinkIn hosted in association with Doctors In Distress, as we attempt to shine some light on the dark plight facing healthcare workers, and explore what can be done to protect healthcare workers.

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Editor and Founder

Adam Kay
Author and broadcaster

Dame Clare Gerada
President of The Royal College of General Practitioners and Chair of Doctors In Distress