‘I had to be sectioned’: the NHS staff broken and burned out by Covid

With high levels of stress, anxiety and PTSD, experts worry that staff won’t be able to cope with a second wave

In April, when the coronavirus outbreak was at its peak in the UK and tearing through hospitals, junior doctor Rebecca Thornton’s mental health took a turn for the worse and she ended up having to be sectioned.

Even now, three months later, she cannot face going back to her job and thinks it will take her a year to recover from some of the horrors she saw while working on a Covid ward in a deprived area of London.

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