‘The NHS is on its knees, and we are too’: Nurse describes 13-hour A&E shift that left her ‘broken’

A nurse has described how the chaos of working in the A&E department of an NHS hospital has left her “broken”, warning that the health service is “on its knees”.

In the detailed account of a 13-hour shift posted online, Anna, who asked The Independent not to use her full name, said she would often “cry with exhaustion and overwhelming stress” after finishing work.

Nurses have threatened to strike for the first time in history over staff shortages and low pay, with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) calling the Government’s decision not to scrap a 1 per cent pay freeze for NHS staff “a bitter disappointment”.

The Independent, 12 July 2017