Kamala Harris Warns Of “Burnout” Of Healthcare Workers

(PresidentialInsider.com)- After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s health care frontline workers show signs of burnout. There is a possibility of severe worker shortages in the years to come if the situation is not addressed.

Vice President Kamala Harris and the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a warning about burnout among the nation’s health care workers on Monday.

They visited The Children’s National Hospital in Washington.

Harris, standing alongside Murtha, reminded those working in the medical field speaking that they do so much to take care of their patients in their time of need.

She said this is why she showed up. She wanted to tell them that we need to do a better job of caring for our nation’s healthcare workers.

Murthy published a new paper in which he sounded the alarm about a predicted lack of 3 million “critical low-wage health workers” in the next five years and a deficit of approximately 140,000 doctors by 2033.

Murthy said that people are battling it out. After two years of COVID-19 and the loss of more than one million innocent lives, the individuals we all rely on to keep us safe, console us, and help us recover have been tested to their breaking points.

The administration is pushing for new investments and measures to protect the mental well-being of health care workers. These measures include increasing the number of counseling options available, reducing the amount of administrative work that needs to be done, and promoting worker safety.

Murthy said that if the current course of action is not altered, the United States will be less ready to respond to future threats to public health, and “we will send a message to millions of healthcare professionals that their pain does not matter.”

This program comes when the administration of President Joe Biden is making a statewide push to address issues related to mental health. During his State of the Union speech in March, Biden presented a national plan to increase access to treatment for mental illness and substance misuse.