Time to pay NHS staff for unpaid overtime, says UNISON

Commenting on the annual staff survey published today (Tuesday) by NHS England, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said:

“There are simply too few staff to cope with the growing demands being made on the NHS. Many regularly stay past the end of their shifts, only too aware of the effect upon patients and colleagues if they head for home on time.

“Yet despite their sterling efforts, many still feel they cannot deliver the care patients deserve. This isn’t their fault, it’s the government’s and the harm being inflicted by its senseless cash squeeze.

“But it’s not too late to make amends. The Chancellor could help ease the NHS out of its current crisis with some extra cash in the Budget tomorrow.

“He could also signal the end of the public sector pay pain NHS staff have suffered for the last seven years. MPs’ pay is rising above inflation, it’s high time health workers now received equal reward.

“It’s unacceptable to see hardworking staff on the receiving end of so much abuse from patients, relatives and the public. Hospital trusts must adopt a zero-tolerance approach so all culprits know they will feel the full force of the law should they attack health workers.”

Notes to editors:
– The 2016 NHS staff survey results found that almost six in ten staff (59 per cent) regularly do unpaid overtime, and nearly three in ten (29%) are not satisfied with the standard of care they are able to give patients.
– Over a quarter (28 per cent) have been on the receiving end of abuse from patients, relatives or the public.

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