Report highlights key lessons from pandemic for healthcare

Sweden

A new report from municipal services union Kommunal reveals how the pandemic affected workers across the sectors in which it organises. Based on interviews with nurses, cleaners, paramedics, caretakers and other workers, the report confirms the huge impact on healthcare where workers’   efforts have been central to the management of the pandemic. Employees have had to make huge sacrifices, working extra shifts, double shifts and overtime, with many authorities having to hire temporary staff, get pensioners back to work and with staff having holidays cancelled or being transferred to different services and locations. However, the report shows not only that the healthcare system's ability to deal with the crisis was inadequate from the start but that the problem persists. The pre-pandemic staffing shortages are still to be resolved and the high physical and psychosocial impacts are still being addressed.