June 10, 2022
The U.S. surgeon general has issued a new warning about the urgent need to address the burnout crisis across health care.
In a new advisory, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the U.S. health care workforce has been pushed to the breaking point following the “uniquely traumatic experience” of working during the pandemic. In a new call to action, Murthy said the U.S. most do more to build a thriving health care workforce.
“The nation’s health depends on the well-being of our health workforce,” Murthy said. “Confronting the long-standing drivers of burnout among our health workers must be a top national priority.”
Among the key takeaways in the report:
“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and time and time again since, we’ve turned to our health workers to keep us safe, to comfort us, and to help us heal,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We owe all health workers—from doctors to hospital custodial staff—an enormous debt.”
The recommendations in the report include:
HAP continues to advocate for Pennsylvania’s health care workforce, calling for additional resources and support to address burnout and promote resiliency. In addition, through HAP’s Health Care Talent Task Force, HAP is guiding the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool across Pennsylvania.
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