by gordonhook on 26 March, 2020
The pressure is building on various organisations and services. While it is immensely impressive that so many are volunteering and helping, many functions cannot use volunteer labour, so if we really don’t need the services that are coming under pressure, can I appeal to residents not to use them.
As an example, I refer to GPs surgeries. Workloads have increased by 30/40% while the workforce is reduced due to illness or self-isolation. More work being asked of overstretched staff, so unless your problem is urgent and cannot wait please do not use your surgery. Of course, the same comment applies to the hospital.
But it isn’t just medical services that are currently stretched. Local authorities are experiencing a reduced staffing problem, which manifests itself in various ways but with a reduced waste collection service as a specific concern. I know that Teignbridge is working flat out, with a significantly reduced workforce, to maintain the high level of service the department expects of itself. Details of round variations are on the Teignbridge web page, which is updated regularly.
So, the point is please be patient and understand everyone is experiencing increased pressure right now. I place on record my very real and genuine appreciation of all those who are striving to maintain a service. I and many thousands of others are hugely grateful.