|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on November 27, 2018 at 3:00 AM|
In October, UNISON launched two surveys; one for our members in nursing, and one for our members in admin.
Members who responded to the nursing survey articulated a widespread crisis of staff confidence in staffing levels and patient care across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
More than a third of respondents were unable to take their full break entitlement on their last shift, 67% said they were unable to spend enough time with patients, and 68% said there were not enough staff to provide safe, adequate care. Most shockingly, 77% of staff said they had considered leaving the NHS altogether.
Responding to the results, UNISON NHS GGC & CVS Branch Secretary, Cathy Miller said:
“UNISON is calling on NHS Glasgow and Clyde to take clear and immediate action; enter into meaningful dialogue with unions to solve this worsening crisis before it’s too late.”
Members in admin reported shocking levels of stress at work. 49% are usually or always stressed at work, with the majority citing overwork, pressure, and poor workload distribution as the major cause.
Mirroring the responses of members in nursing, 74% of respondents in admin have considered leaving the NHS as a result.
Assistant Branch Secretary Frances Carmichael said
“Admin staff are consistently referred to as ‘back room staff‘ and are seen as easy targets for cost cutting efficiencies. This needs to stop now and appropriate resources and support put in place to allow them carry out their role. They are very much part of One Team ”