Covid-19: Mental Health - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 1 July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Watkins of Tavistock Baroness Watkins of Tavistock Crossbench 11:29, 1 July 2020

My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register. As acknowledged by the Minister, the impact of nursing people with Covid-19 on the mental health of nurses is estimated to be considerable. A recent brief report from the University of Manchester into suicide by nurses identified a higher prevalence in female nurses than in women from other professions. It is vital that there is a dedicated support offer for the mental health and well-being of the NHS and social care workforce. Will the Minister ask Her Majesty’s Government to consider extending the current England-wide practitioner mental health service commissioned for doctors and dentists to include all nurses employed in the NHS, community and social care settings?