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Poll Watch

12th December 2006

09092006_poll_watch1.jpgPolls - aren't they fascinating?  Here we round-up a selection of the latest polls from the health service arena;

State spend poll

A report from the Nuffield Hospitals shows that public spending on healthcare in the UK was 13% higher than the average; in the UK more healthcare is funded by the state than in many other Western Countries.

Choice in Mental Health

A poll in the HSJ indicates that 35% of people asked think that choice in mental health requires a national implementation plan.  59% of people thought it did not require such a plan, and 7% of people didn't know.

Zero Tolerance

According to the Nursing Times, only 1 in 10 nurses think that a 'zero tolerance campaign' on a lack of respect for dignity within healthcare services will succeed; 91% of the nurses responding thought that the campaign would not make any difference at all.  The campaign was launched by health minister Ivan Lewis in November.

Workplace Safety

Three quarters of nurses do not feel safe at work; 74% of respondants to a nursing times survey said they did not feel safer than they did in the previous year.

Stress Free Nursing

NT key findings on nursing stress showed that 86% had experience workplace stress in the last 6 months; 88% thought their employer was not doing enough to tackle stress; 63% felt inadequately supported by nursing colleagues; 55% thought stress was an unavoidable part of being a nurse.

Strike by NHS Logistics

In a nursing times online survey, eight out of ten nurses supported the strike by NHS Logistics; 20% were against the action. In an HSJ poll on the topic, looking at whether the strike had any effect on the delivery of supplies, 42% said no; 29% said yes and 29% didn't know.

Independent board for policy setting

The HSJ asked if readers agreed with Gordon Brown's proposals to devolve NHS policy setting to an independent board.  Seventy four percent said yes; only 6% said no and 20% didn't know.

Should professional executive committees be retained?

In a poll by HSJ 72% thought no; 25% yes and 3% didn't know.

Nurse prescribing

A poll of hundred of doctors by the magazine Pulse found that 89 per cent believe controls on the new independent prescribers are insufficient to protect patients.

Survey shows people prefer home care

According to a survey people want the choice not to live in residential care and half would pay more tax for better social care.  Commissioned by the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Carers UK, the study of 2,000 adults showed nine out of ten wanted to stay at home if they had a disability or long-term disease.

One in ten patients confused about 'consent'

A UK study shows that one in ten patients are unaware of what they are agreeing to when signing a consent form and 70% think their next of kin can sign for them.  The University of Leicester survey shows 46% of 732 obstetrics and gynaecology patients mistakenly think that the main purpose of consent is to protect hospitals.  More than half of patients thought doctors could perform a different procedure from that on the form and 20% did not know they could change their mind after signing. 

Will trusts meet the 18-week target?

Of those polled by the HSJ 71% thought that No, trusts would not meet the 18-week target; 25% thought the target would be met, and 4% didn't know.

Acute Trusts Barometer, July 2006

The HSJ Barometer survey, based on 70 chief executives, giving a score of one to 10 against key indicators focused on acute trusts in its July survey.  The survey found that there was some slow down in elective activity compared with a May survey.  Two thirds of people responding said they expected to close wards and almost one in five said they would delay operations over the next six months to save money.  There was a rise of optimism reflected in most of the major reform areas, but a small fall on the 18-week target.

Aspirations for careers

An August survey in HSJ looked at career aspirations in the cross-sector panel of 300 managers from all sectors.  It found that, compared to November, 36% said they were actively seeking a new job, compared to 23% previously.  Eighteen per cent definitely aspired to work at director level.  Fifty nine per cent were prepared to move outside their county for a job, this is compared to 63 per cent in November, with 21% of respondents being prepared to go anywhere in the country for a job.

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Title: Poll Watch
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 752
Date Added: 12th Dec 2006

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