Great plans to have universal health care, require people to actually provide health care. NHS forced to prioritise staff wellbeing to tackle escalating crisis.
70 or more years of government control of health care in England, and things are not going great. There are 100,000 vacancies, shortages of both doctors and nurses.
Problems such as bullying and poor work-life balance are not new to the NHS. But “the sheer scale of the current workforce shortage is making organisations think more creatively about how to keep staff happy and motivated”, adds Bailey.
They are trying for more flexible work hours, and doing some small stuff. (The lack of yoga classes are probably not the issue, but maybe they will help with stress.) But unpaid overtime, stress-related illness, working under “unrealistic” time pressures, and more are the real problems.
Those issues from staff were highlighted in a survey from February of this year. NHS England survey reveals ‘alarming downturn’ in staff wellbeing
Other key findings include:
- A majority (51%) are thinking about leaving their current role and 21% want to quit the NHS altogether.
- More than three-quarters (78%) feel under unrealistic time pressures some or all of the time.
- Nearly six in 10 (58%) say they do unpaid overtime every week, though that number is falling.
- Nearly 28% have suffered back pain in the last year as a direct result of their work, up two percentage points since 2017.
- Fewer than three in 10 (28.6%) feel their trust takes positive action to improve staff health and wellbeing.
And those 100,000 vacancies have real consequences for care. Record numbers of NHS cancer patients face ‘agonising wait’ to see specialist. “Waiting” in cancer treatment can be a death-sentence, depending on the type of cancer.
In April alone nearly 20,000 people missed the 14-day target to meet with an oncologist
Can’t you just wait for the Socialists to take over medicine in this country?