In a global study by WISH, UK health practitioners also have high doubts about receiving mental health support in the future
Doha, Qatar, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A lack of focus on mental health support, combined with increasing pressure on resources, mean that healthcare workers in the UK would be least likely to pursue the same career path if forced to return to work now , a global poll has found.
Having borne the brunt of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from a healthcare perspective, only 35 per cent of UK doctors would still be training to become healthcare professionals if they entered the industry now, versus 90 per cent in India85 percent there Nigeriaand 76 percent in Saudi Arabia.
The study by YouGov, commissioned by the World Health Innovation Summit (WISH)found that 59 per cent of healthcare workers in the UK said a heavier workload was one of the biggest changes they have experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
This points to one of the factors contributing to a lack of motivation for health workers, while others are linked to the UK ranking lowest in the world when considering the trends they will predict in their industry over the next five years :
- Only 17 percent thought higher investment in R&D was a trend compared to those in India (60 percent), Nigeria (57 percent), Saudi Arabia (38 percent), Brazil (33 percent) and the US (25 percent)
- Only a quarter (25 percent) emphasized the education and training of junior team members compared to peers Nigeria (57 percent), India (53 percent) and Saudi Arabia (46 percent)
- 41 percent saw attention to mental health and diagnosis as an evolving trend; less than their peers India (59 percent), Brazil (54 percent) and Saudi Arabia (52 percent).
Additionally, 70 percent – the highest figure recorded – believe resource pressures in the industry will remain a trend for years to come. This was much higher than their peers Brazil (27 percent), Nigeria (28 percent), India (31 percent), Saudi Arabia (38 percent) and the United States (57 percent).
“These findings highlight the weakness of the UK healthcare system and call for urgent corrective action through increased investment in workforce training and development, and an increased focus on mental health support and advocacy to ensure staff retention. The challenges highlighted mean that governments, politicians and industry leaders still have much to learn from the lessons of the ongoing pandemic. We urge them to accelerate their efforts to address the concerns of health workers and to develop effective mechanisms to address the issues negatively impacting the national health system’s ability to protect communities from future health emergencies,” said Sultana Afdhal , CEO of WISH.
The survey, which brought together healthcare professionals from the UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Indiaand Brazilaimed to provide insights into the impact of dealing with COVID-19 on the lives of healthcare workers, highlighting their experiences and exploring what the future of healthcare could look like according to those on the front lines of healthcare.
WISH, a health initiative by Qatar Foundation, is a global platform that brings together healthcare professionals, policymakers and innovators to unite to build a healthier world. The biennial WISH Summit 4th-6th October in Doha, Qatar and virtual, aims to showcase WISH’s evidence-based research and discuss how these findings can be translated into practical, policy-driven solutions that help transform global healthcare.
The sixth edition of the summit has the motto “Healing the Future”. The Summit will thoroughly examine the legacy of COVID-19 from multiple perspectives, including how we can build more resilient and sustainable health systems, improve our response to the mental health crisis facing health and care workers, and the rapid Advances in pharmaceutical innovation have taken place during the pandemic.
For more information on WISH, see www.wish.org.qa.