As clinicians, we are accustomed in dealing with uncertainty, change and loss in our professional lives. However, the ongoing pandemic, with its new SARS-CoV-2 variants, is having a huge impact on our personal lives, too. The latest Health and Social Care Select Committee report describes increased incivility, burnout and resignations in England. The RCP has highlighted the need to expand the workforce, as staff shortages, which lead to chronic excessive workload, is a key factor in burnout.
Climate change is the biggest global threat to health and the need to act has never been clearer. From respiratory diseases to access to clean water, global warming is negatively affecting the health of people around the world.
As I come to the end of my second year as RCP vice president for Wales, and my last blog of the year, I am delighted to present an overview of the work carried out by your RCP Cymru Wales team during 2021