Responding to a Nursing Times survey reporting the vast majority of nursing staff are feeling more stressed and anxious than usual as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
"It is devastating to hear the toll Covid-19 is taking on the mental health and wellbeing of frontline workers like nursing staff, who are working day in day out to care for those most gravely affected by the virus.
"Protecting the mental health of frontline staff through this traumatic period is as important as protecting their physical health. The Government needs to do more on both counts.
"That is why I, together with MPs from across the political spectrum, have written to the Health Secretary to call for NHS and social care staff to be given immediate access to mental health support services, now and in the future. This must be in addition to making sure their workplaces are as safe as possible, not least ensuring all frontline staff have access to adequate protective equipment and testing.
"The Government must also commit to developing a long-term mental health plan to make sure no one who is suffering from trauma or anxiety slips through the cracks in the wake of this terrible virus."