Commenting on the latest NHS Staff Survey published today (Tuesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Violence and harassment have become the new normal for NHS staff, which is beyond unacceptable.
“Staff are overwhelmed and working in overcrowded departments, creating an unhealthy environment where these problems flourish.
“No wonder more than two fifths of staff feel unwell as a result of work stress.
“Matt Hancock’s tough talk is welcome, but it comes many months after he promised to tackle violence. These figures show there’s been no noticeable change.
“Morale shows little sign of improvement, which will do nothing to encourage despondent nurses and other health employees to stay in the NHS.
“The NHS urgently needs more staff and a properly funded people plan to help solve its problems.”
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.