Half of NHS workers say they are too short staffed to deliver safe, dignified and compassionate care

Almost half of NHS workers on the front line say there are not enough staff on their shift to ensure patients are treated safely and with compassion, a new survey by UNISON reveals.

The snapshot survey Just Another Day examined attitudes and experiences for staff across the UK during one working day – the 24 hours of Tuesday 18 September 2018. The aim is to paint a picture of how staff felt about the pressures they were under.

Forty-five percent of respondents who were directly involved with patient care said there were not enough staff on their shift to deliver a safe, dignified and compassionate service.

The survey also revealed that staff working in acute hospitals, mental health, primary care and community care are hit the hardest by staffing shortages.

Full story in Nursing Notes, 28 January 2019