Sleeping on the job
As another year is drawing to a close, many of us may be feeling burnt out – not least our healthcare professionals, who have continued to soldier on past the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.
Despite a parallel pandemic of healthcare worker fatigue, we have yet to see a positive cultural shift towards promoting the health and well-being of health professionals, and in offering ongoing support to an already stretched workforce. To the contrary, we have recently heard of junior doctors being threatened with negative actions for sleeping during night shifts – including putting strategies in place ‘to increase the night time workload’ and furnishing them with ‘less comfortable chairs.’
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