Commenting on the annual NHS staff survey out today (Tuesday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“While the government is consumed with Brexit, ministers are paying scant attention to growing problems in our public services. With so few staff, it’s no wonder the pressures of working in the NHS are making so many health workers ill.
“The combination of rising stress levels along with bullying and bad behaviour from managers and colleagues shows the pressure is really getting to staff. It’s a testament to them that they keep going, but the government can’t expect this to continue.
“With the risk of abuse or violent attack from patients or the public ever present – especially in the ambulance service, some NHS workers understandably want out. Ministers must get to grip with the pressing issue of chronic understaffing. or the health service’s problems will go from bad to worse.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.