Health services are under strain as the Delta variant is raging in New South Wales and Victoria. The reality is that there is an overburdened, anxious, and fearful workforce behind the scenes. The health workforce will be able to care for more COVID-19 patients in the coming months. In NSW, case numbers are expect to reach their peak within the next two weeks.
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What Has The Health Care System Had To Do With So Far?
We surveyed health-care workers at the front line across Australia in 2020. The pandemic had a significant impact on the mental and well-being of health-care workers. Many people were suffering from symptoms of mental illness. Alarmingly, 70% of the 7,846 participants reported feeling exhausted and 40% experienced moderate to severe symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Health-care workers were often infect by the virus during the pandemic. We asked health-care workers what the main pressures were during the pandemic. These were:
- Continual workforce disruption and occupational disruption can include being redeploy, working longer hours, or being unpaid. People most affected were more likely have poorer mental.
- There are concerns about providing the best care possible to patients. Families cannot visit patients. There is also the concern of how patients and their love ones will be treat if they die alone.
- Being blame for and putting more stress on co-workers after they were infect or exposed to COVID-19, and thus could not work.
- Concerning people who missed out on medical care due to the pandemic.
- Social restrictions have led to an increase in mental illness throughout the community.
- Concerns about safety at work and the possibility of bringing COVID-19 home with them, infecting their loved ones.
- We found that many professionals thought about quitting the workforce.
What Has Changed Since When?
None of these issues have been solved. Health-care workers now face even more pressures. There are many exposure points, including those in and around centres. This is a significant concern. The virus can cause severe disruption to health-care workers and results in a cycle that includes COVID-19 testing, and then being furloughed for 14 consecutive days.
Quarantine has many side effects. How can you manage to care for your children at short notice or none? What about your partner? And what about the other workers who have to take over your job? One exposure can result in the exclusion of hundreds of workers from a health-care system.
There isn’t an infinite supply of health-care workers. Additional workplaces such as COVID-19 testing centres and vaccine hubs are also needed. This means that there is no room for error when workers need to be replaced. Some services might need to be cut.
How Can We Make Our Health System Work?
Our survey found that health-care workers also spoke out about COVID-19’s emphasis on the need to fix cracks in the system. One respondent, a 40-year-old psychologist, said:
- Things that weren’t going as planned and were neglect have become worse. It is a culture that expects the worst.
- The Australian Medical Association is also calling for a system revamp, and not a top-up financing approach.
- Even before COVID, the emergency rooms were overcrowd, ambulances were rush, and waiting times for elective surgeries were too long.
- We need a system of health-care that can handle the “normal” pressures of caring for 25 million people and intermittent crises as well as the long-term needs of COVID-19 patients.
- Mental of health-care workers is a concern not only for their own families but also for patients care and retention. It’s an occupational problem.
To prepare the health-care system for responding to pandemics like those described above, it is important to support health-care workers as well as protect them from overwork, burnout, and exhaustion. If we don’t respond quickly to these issues, we risk losing the most important asset of our health-care system.