Paramedic breaks down explaining she is 'on the brink of nervous collapse'

6 January 2022, 14:40 | Updated: 6 January 2022, 15:53

By Tim Dodd

This paramedic broke down in tears as she told James O'Brien she was "on the brink of nervous collapse" after working mammoth shifts.

It comes amid reports that the average NHS worker took 14 days sick per year compared to four in the private sector before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leena from Newcastle said: "On Tuesday, I worked an 18-hour shift for example, where our shifts are only meant to be 12 hours max.

"There's so much staff shortages and handovers at the hospital, we can't leave a patient in the lurch in the middle of the shift."

Read more: Nick Ferrari grills minister over calls to slash VAT to prevent fuel bill crisis

When asked how many hours she worked last week, Leena replied: "About 70 hours I think."

"We really are on our knees, and people need to realise how hurtful it is when they almost suggest that we're lazy by taking off sick days," she said.

"I feel immense pressure to not take off sick days and cover for colleagues who are sick and keep our patients safe.

"So when journalists are pontificating about our working conditions, I would encourage them to come and spend a shift with me on the ambulance."

Leena also revealed she is "one of those pesky EU migrants that wants the best for patients".

"Coming over here, looking after us," James remarked.

"Taking the jobs," Leena joked.

Read more: Thousands of Brits face cost of living 'disaster' - Labour hammers PM over soaring prices

Sadiq Khan was asked if the Met would have ignored the Sarah Everard vigil if it was BYOB

'If the Everard vigil was BYOB, would the have Met ignored it?'

James O'Brien on choices facing Boris Johnson over No10 booze-up

James O'Brien's analysis of choices facing Boris Johnson over No10 booze-up

James O'Brien said the Prime Minister's regime reminded him of a video game.

James O'Brien's powerful analogy of Boris 'sucking the souls' of those closest to him

James O'Brien's powerful take on Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

James O'Brien's merciless take on Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

'January 6 is just the beginning'

Capitol riots not culmination of Trump years but 'just the beginning', says journalist

James O'Brien's utter disbelief that PM 'forgot' about Whatsapp messages

Flat saga: James O'Brien's utter disbelief that PM 'forgot' about WhatsApp messages

Bristol's slavery 'cancer' was 'surgically removed' by Colston Four, says witness David Olusoga

Bristol's slavery 'cancer' was 'surgically removed' by Colston Four, says historian David Olusoga

James O'Brien's passionate take on defining patriotism

James O'Brien's passionate take on defining patriotism

James O'Brien: Uproar over Tony Blair's knighthood 'silly'

James O'Brien: Uproar over Tony Blair's knighthood 'silly'

James O'Brien moved by grieving father's response to Cummings' claims

Best of 2021: James O'Brien moved by grieving father's response to Cummings' claims

Best of 2021: Matt Hancock's pub landlord 'sets the record straight'

Best of 2021: Matt Hancock's pub landlord 'sets the record straight'

James O'Brien's best moments of 2021

James O'Brien's best moments of 2021

Trump fan hangs up after being asked question by James O'Brien

Best of 2021: Trump fan hangs up after being asked question by James O'Brien

James O'Brien reaction to PM's decision to delay Covid measures

James O'Brien reaction to PM's decision to delay Covid measures

James O'Brien: 'It's not a flipping work meeting, it's a flipping party'

James O'Brien: 'It's not a flipping work meeting, it's a flipping party'

Tory MPs 'suddenly all hate' PM for Covid rules, James O'Brien explains

Tory MPs 'suddenly all hate' PM for Covid rules, James O'Brien explains