consumption in doctors and nurses

Encarna Abascal and Fernando Hontangas present the CSIF Mental Health Study.

Almost half of the healthcare workers who work in the public administration use drugs such as antidepressants, anxiolytics or sedative-hypnotics to treat mental health problems. A study conducted by the union CSIF has placed the group as one of the most affected, along with the teaching body, in this problem that is rocking the entire body of civil servants.

The study highlights how this situation has increased due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 63.9 percent of the specialists in the NHIF (SNS) who take this type of medicine has realized that he started doing so after the outbreak of infections. While 74 percent of those who used it before attributed their current situation to “experienced situations’ during the coronavirus crisis.

The profile most affected by mental health problems in the civil service is generally represented by women between the ages of 45 and 54 who work either in public health or in educational centers. 76 percent of those who use drugs related to mental health problems on a daily basis believe that work is one factor which led them to drugs.

The stress resulting from the high workload, the scarce ones professional recognition or evil working environment through factors such as harassment, conflicts or aggression are the three main reasons that lead civil servants to use antidepressants, anxiolytics or sleeping pills. To this reality we must add job insecurity, consumer problems or economic difficulties, to a lesser extent.

“The scarce psychological support in companies and administrations and the lack of an adequate mental health network in our country means that care for depression or anxiety is not effectively addressed,” CSIF National Secretary for Occupational Risk Prevention pointed out, Abascal incarnate, at the press conference to present the study.


More staff and prevention plans

To reverse this situation, the trade union has submitted a set of proposals to the government. The main one involves raising the ratio of mental health professionals to an average of There are 18 psychiatrists and clinical psychologists per 100,000 inhabitants to position itself throughout the European Union. This jump will require the inclusion of almost 4,000 medical professionals and 5,640 psychologists in the SNS.

“Reinforcements are scarce and insufficient. This has a clear impact on delaying the assessment of mental health services.” stated the President of CSIF’s National Health Sector, Fernando Hontangas, which usually brings these claims to the negotiating table with the Department of Health.

The union representative warned about the waiting list for access to psychiatry and psychological services in the SNS, with special emphasis on communities such as Cantabria or Aragon, where the period can last up to a year. For this reason, he insists on the importance of strengthening the mental health aspect of primary care. “It is crucial to increase funding, material and human resources. has laid out.

At the same time, CSIF also presented various claims such as specific legislation on mental health as a psychosocial risk in the workplace, burnout detection (occupational burnout syndrome) in the table of occupational diseases, the development of a national suicide prevention plan or making risk assessments by occupational psychologists in subjects.

Total 2,000 civil servants of all administrations, incl 609 health professionals.

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