Sur­vey puts spot­light on work stress in hos­pi­tals

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

“im­pos­si­ble con­di­tions” and that their good­will and ded­i­ca­tion could not be “a re­place­ment for ad­e­quate fund­ing and proper work­force plan­ning.”

When asked if there was enough staff at the Trust for them to do their job prop­erly, 51.7% of staff at Calderdale and Hud­der­s­field dis­agreed, up from 50.5% in 2016.

Two-fifths of staff (42.3%) said they had felt un­well due to work-re­lated stress in 2017, al­though this was down slightly from 37.3% in 2016.

One of the big­gest in­creases found in the sur­vey com­pared to last year was in dis­sat­is­fac­tion with lev­els of pay, ris­ing from 37.1% say­ing they were dis­sat­is­fied or strongly dis­sat­is­fied in 2016 to 43.2% in 2017.

NHS staff in Eng­land have been of­fered a pay deal which would end the 1% pay cap they have ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years. The deal would see around half of staff get­ting an in­crease of 6.5% over three years, with big­ger in­creases of up to 29% for some groups within the NHS.

At the trust, one in six mem­bers of staff said they were not able to de­liver the care they as­pired to (15.7%), up from 12.4% in 2016.

Ap­prox­i­mately 1.1mil­lion NHS em­ploy­ees in Eng­land were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey be­tween Septem­ber 2017 and Novem­ber 2017.

The re­sults show that for staff at acute Trusts, one in nine (11.2%) rarely or never look for­ward to go­ing to work, up from 10.8% in 2016, while 46.9% said there was not enough staff in their or­gan­i­sa­tion for them to do their job prop­erly, up from 46.2%.

One in eight staff said they were un­able to de­liver the care they aspire to (13.1%), up from 12.1% in 2016.

The pro­por­tion say­ing they have felt un­well due to work re­lated stress has grown from 35.2% in 2016 to 36.8% in 2017.

Re­spond­ing to the NHS sur­vey, Dr Chaand Nag­paul, chair­man of the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Coun­cil, said: “These new fig­ures re­flect the re­al­ity faced by doc­tors who are work­ing un­der im­pos­si­ble con­di­tions with wide­spread staff short­ages, a lack of ca­pac­ity in their work­places and a chron­i­cally un­der­funded NHS.”

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