Paramedics suffering stress over long hours, staff shortages and tough demands

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AMBULANCE workers in the North East are suffering the burden of long hours, staff shortages and mental demands.

A survey by UNISON, Britain’s biggest trade union, has revealed that 90 per cent of workers say they are suffering with stress.

The survey – of 141 ambulance workers in the region – revealed that 77 per cent said they suffered with sleep problems as a result of stress, while 68 per cent said they felt irritable and experienced mood swings, and the 53 per cent suffered from anxiety.

Half of the people responding to the survey said they did not tell their employer that the reason they were off sick was stress and only six per cent said they would talk to a manager about coping with stress. More than four in five admitted they had thought about leaving the job.