Commenting on the BBC story that a rising number of nurses are leaving the health service, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday):
“The pressure on the NHS is at an all time high. It’s highly damaging that so many nurses are leaving the NHS so soon after qualifying. But new recruits are quickly realising that the demands placed on them are unrealistic and overwhelming.
“More experienced nurses are also leaving due to heavy workloads and the ongoing pay restraint, which has left them feeling unvalued and taken for granted for too long.
“The government needs to ensure nursing is an attractive career option by supporting new recruits, and rewarding those currently doing the job.”