I know this is 'old news' - but it sounds very familiar. Teachers, doctors, nurses, fire fighters, police... all these public service essential roles are subject to pay cuts, higher pension ages, more and more interference, more and more paperwork, more and more targets etc., and more and more restrictions on being able to strike to challenge the situation. What should we be doing about it? Should we all be supporting each other or battling our own problems only? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/10/nhs-lose-80-per-cent-senior-doctors-workplace-stress A survey of NHS consultants shows that huge numbers are becoming burned out and having their lives damaged as a result of the escalating pressures at the service’s frontline, including rising demand, long hours and the need to meet targets. In a survey of 817 experienced hospital doctors by the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), 81% said they had thought about retiring earlier than planned as a direct result of work pressures. Burnout, low morale and increasing stress meant many would quit before reaching their retirement age, leaving hospitals overstretched and putting the care of patients at risk, the association warned. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...health-of-patients-and-their-own-8847855.html Nurses are enduring “unprecedented” levels of stress and ill health as a result of staff cuts and overwork, forcing them to choose between their patients’ wellbeing and their own, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said. Ever-increasing demands upon the health service’s resources, combined with a slowdown in funding and frontline job cuts, have put serious strain on the nursing profession, according to an RCN survey. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-police-miss-work-every-5838228 More than 1,500 police officers a day miss work because they are too stressed or depressed to do their jobs. Forces lost 600,000 sick days last year to stress, anxiety or depression and 78 officers were off for a year. And some 78 officers nationwide spent the entire year away from work because of such problems.