Over 40% of Latvian medics display depression symptoms

Around 42.6% of medical workers experience symptoms of depression, according to a survey conducted by the Riga Stradinsh University.

The survey cycle has been carried out since April last year. Every three months, more than 800 medical workers throughout Latvian hospitals, Emergency Medical Service and family doctor’s practices are interviewed.

The highest proportion of depression and anxiety symptoms was for family doctors – over 50% had depression symptoms, in hospitals around 40%. A big proportion working on the brink of exhaustion and in constant anxiety.

Overload, extreme fatigue, and work on the edge of burnout mean that sometimes the doctor is not responsive and cannot provide the quality treatment the patient needs.

Doctors themselves need help right now. Many doctors are really very exhausted. They either had no vacation this year, or they went on vacation but after had to work shifts for their colleagues.

The hospital load forecast, which estimates 1,500 filled Covid-19 beds by the end of October, is a major concern for paramedics. At that point the pressure on medical staff will become unbearable.

In order for medics to be able to do their work in high quality, there should be a sufficient number of staff in medical establishments, as well as a balance between work and rest.

If there is enough staff, medics will have the opportunity to rest. In reality, there are hundreds of medical vacancies on job search portals, looking for specialists, family doctors, nurses, and assistant staff alike.

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