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Lib Dems are calling for more mental health support for health and care staff in Kent and Medway

May 18, 2020 7:49 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Kent and Medway to ensure "world-class" support for those tackling the virus head on.

Highlighting the "deep scar" coronavirus will leave on health and care staff in Kent and Medway, the Liberal Democrats are proposing a package of mental health measures, including:

The Liberal Democrats want the roll out of these services to be for all staff, whether or not they are directly involved in patient treatment, in recognition of the wide scale of the impact of the COVID-19 across all teams.

If adopted, the proposals will improve access to mental health support for all those working in health and care settings.
Munira Wilson
Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson said:

"COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

"Our proposals include a mental health support hotline, open to staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our hospitals and care services are staffed around the clock, so the support services staff need should be too. In addition, we propose measures to ensure NHS and care staff are not penalised for days off due to ill health.

"The UK mental health response to COVID-19 should be world-class. That means investing now to prepare for the challenges ahead.

Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council added: Rob Bird

"Clapping for our carers every Thursday evening should not be just a gesture - people want to see those working on the frontline supported throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond.

"We cannot underestimate the toll this crisis will have on our health and care staff in Kent and in Medway. There needs to be long term support to help all those who have risked so much to care for all those affected by the virus.

"Ministers must not stick their heads in the sand. It is essential they roll out these measures urgently, otherwise they are denying our health and care staff support when they need it most."