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NHS staff working for no pay

3rd April 2007

The majority of NHS staff regularly undertake unpaid overtime, says a new survey.


The annual Healthcare Commission staff survey has revealed that nearly three-quarters of NHS healthcare workers in England often work overtime and much of this goes unpaid.  128,000 staff members in 326 English trusts were asked for their views last October and nearly 60 per cent of primary care trust workers said they regularly worked hours that they were not paid for.  The survey also showed that the number of NHS staff reporting violence or abuse at work has gone up slightly to 31 per cent.  In response to the findings, UNISON national secretary for health Karen Jennings said, “NHS workers are seeing their pay packets and personal safety gradually deteriorate. Following today's report, it is even more important for the government to rethink its paltry annual pay award for our embattled health workers.'?

Another area of concern revealed by the report is a downturn in job satisfaction for NHS staff.  Only 68 per cent of staff in acute trusts said they were satisfied in their work, dropping to just 56 per cent of ambulance workers reporting job satisfaction.  Large numbers of NHS workers say they do not receive regular appraisals and those who do say they are not helpful.  Most worryingly perhaps, the survey revealed that less than 40 per cent of the NHS staff members questioned would be happy with the level of care provided by their trust if they were a patient.


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Title: NHS staff working for no pay
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2453
Date Added: 3rd Apr 2007


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