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Over 300 "overworked" nurses killed within seven years



Lucy de Oliveira died at the age of 22 as a nurse

The NHS was told to do more to support its employees after the data revealed that over 300 nurses had taken their own lives over the past seven years.

Stress and exhaustion working in an overburdened NHS, as well as a "toxic culture" that leaves nurses afraid to talk about their mental health, have been blamed.

Lucy de Oliveira, 22, died in 2017 in suicide while training in Liverpool.

Her mother Liz, 61, said Mirror Lucy was worried that her mental health problems would be blot on her record.

When she died, Lucy juggled two more jobs at the top of her nursing training and tried to meet her goals.

Her mom said she would be "better at McDonald's".

She said: "Managers say" we did it, knuckles down ". It's like saying, "I worked at a factory at 12". Just because you did it doesn't mean right.

"There is a bullying you wouldn't expect in the NHS."

Laura Hyde was killed in 2016 and worked as A&E sister

Lucy wasn't paid during training. Her scholarship covered her "grotty" accommodation.

Liz, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, said: "At the peak of three 12-hour shifts in hospitals, she worked in a pizzeria and a nursing home.

"I can't bring Lucy back. All I can do is make sure the change changes for her. "

Laura Hyde, sister of A&E at Derriford Hospital, Devon, was killed at the age of 27 in August 2016.

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The family calls on the government to do more to provide mental health training and support for nursing students.

They also want a 24-hour help line in every hospital.

Laura's cousin Liam Barnes, who launched the Laura Hyde Foundation to fight for better support, said: “Sisters love caring for people. Laura was selfless.

“But they're in a constant cycle of trauma.

“Pediatric nurses tell parents that their children have died.

“Every day they see car casualties and terrible injuries. Permanently exposed to regular trauma and forgetting to take care of themselves. "

Health Shadow Secretary Jonathan Ashworth urged government inquiry into suicide characters (Picture: Getty)

51-year-old Ann Burdett killed herself in 2016 at work at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

After two previous suicide attempts, she was transferred to mental health services on 19 May.

A week later she was dead.

Her fiancé, Andrew Ward, 49, said: "Everyone should be aware of the stress that health work has.

“There should be a website or blog in health care where people can turn their fears or give advice to others.

"It would be a solution if there was a mentor system."

Health Shadow Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called for a government inquiry into "alarming" numbers.

He said, “Every lost life is a desperate tragedy. The health and well-being of NHS staff must never be compromised. "

His call is backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which said that job counseling was not good enough and conditions were getting worse.

Health and Welfare Department said workers will have access to a dedicated confidential help line (Figure: PA)

RCN Chief Lady Donna Kinnair said: “Nursing staff feels high levels of stress, lack of colleagues, and long working hours.

“Our members repeatedly say that their employers ignore or do not respect mental health issues.

“They feel that they should“ cope ”. We must all double our efforts to support nursing staff. "

Figures, from the Office for National Statistics, show 305 sisters killed themselves over seven seasons.

The highest number of suicides recorded in 2014 was 54.

A recent study has shown that nurses are more at risk of suicide than other professions.

Dame Kinnair said, "The government and all NHS bodies need to look closely at why women's nurses have a much greater chance of life than men."

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said: "The NHS will respond shortly to recommendations to improve mental health support for employees, including access to a dedicated confidential help line".


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