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Lib Dems launch calls for more mental health support for health and care staff in Rugby

May 20, 2020 5:15 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Mental Health Awareness Week ()To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week from 18 - 24 May 2020, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Rugby to ensure "world-class" support for those tackling the virus head on.

Liberal Democrats have put forward a package of mental health measures, including:

  • 24/7 access to mental health support for health and social care workers, through a dedicated helpline
  • Guarantees that health and care staff will no longer be penalised for time off due to mental or physical ill health, including when transitioning between roles
  • Introduce an 'occupational health passport' so workers do not have to relive mental health traumas when they change jobs.
  • Additional training to ensure there are mental health first-aiders in every health and care workforce

Steps to standardise the quality and service offer to ensure that every health and social care worker can access the same, high standard of mental care support.

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.

Jerry Roodhouse, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Eastlands and Paddox, said:

"The clap for our carers every Thursday evening is not 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 Rugby. 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."