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3 in 4 nurses say cuts are affecting care

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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Rising patient numbers, falling staff levels and deep Government cuts have sent nurses' morale plummeting, according to a new survey.

Unison, the UK's biggest health union, says that only 10%of the 3,000 nurses they quizzed felt they were in a position to deliver dignified, compassionate care all of the time.

Nearly three quarters said that government cuts were affecting their work and only 8% of nurses said patient care had improved in the last 12 months – 35 per cent said standards had fallen.

Christine Dayus, Unison organiser for health in Cornwall, said it was a national survey which was very much being replicated in the Westcountry.

"There is no doubt about it," she said. "This is a national picture but it is true in the South West."

Mrs Dayus said the fact that 20 health trusts, including hospitals in Plymouth, Exeter and Truro, had joined the South West Pay Consortium (SWC) had made matters worse.

Members of the SWC say they are trying to meet future economic challenges, but unions say it is an excuse to drive down pay and conditions.

"The fact that employers have joined the SWC is causing plummeting staff morale.

"Nurses feel they will be valued even less in the future than they have been in the past.

"Staff are struggling to deliver the quality of care they feel themselves is a minimum and many are working much longer hours than they are paid for."

The Unison survey identified the major barriers to delivering top quality patient care as being staffing levels, unreasonable workloads, stress and service cuts.

It is estimated that 5,000 nurses have left the NHS in the last year.

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  • Charlespk  |  November 03 2012, 9:26PM

    Back to the subject at hand Justin. We need a return to training more good SENs and more Nursing Assistants and have far less overpaid penpushers. . They can then concentrate on giving proper patient nursing care, so Sister and Staff can concentrate on any of the more technical procedures. . When they increased the qualifications needed for the job, they excluded some of best people. And Tescos could do a far better job of running the appointment procedures.

  • eu_blues  |  November 03 2012, 8:41PM

    "What are you *!@!#&$!***#!%+&*!!!!XX!XXXX!XXXX!*********** on Justin!!!!!!!!!??? Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

  • eu_blues  |  November 03 2012, 7:46PM

    Don't judge me so harshly Justin. Charlespk That's very gracious of you Charles. How about donating some money to, let's say, The League Against Cruel Sports. How's about that then ? You know how much you like foxes and badgers, and all things wild in the countryside.

  • Charlespk  |  November 03 2012, 6:24PM

    Don't judge me so harshly Justin. . Did you know if you pay higher rate tax, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax 40 and or 45 per cent and the basic rate of tax 20 per cent on the total 'gross' value of your donation to the charity. :)))) Don't what ever you do give to the RSPCA now though. . Give it to Macmillan for nurses and help to support people dying with cancer.

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  • eu_blues  |  November 03 2012, 6:05PM

    Still the pay was lousy. Charlespk Not surprised Charles. I can imagine you being a rather tight fisted person when it comes to personal finances. A leopard cannot change its spots. You should know that Charles.

  • Charlespk  |  November 03 2012, 5:48PM

    Ah well; it's no good offering you a position as my chief donk and head of all internet communications then. . . Still the pay was lousy. :((( . Give my regards to your partner. . Have you persuaded her to marry you yet?

  • eu_blues  |  November 03 2012, 3:33PM

    "That was a bit uncharitable Justin. Charlespk No, not really. I'm a very charitable individual Charles. I've never been uncharitable. What about you.

  • Charlespk  |  November 03 2012, 2:36PM

    That was a bit uncharitable Justin. :( . . I was quite relieved when I realised it WAS you. . At first I thought it was the Truro Mafioso " lookin' fer a bit uv bovver". . Have you got a proper job now? http://tinyurl.com/bmmpjdt

  • eu_blues  |  November 03 2012, 2:13PM

    What's happening at DEMOS these days?" Charlespk Read the official site for yourself Charles.

  • Charlespk  |  November 03 2012, 8:20AM

    So it is you! . I did wonder. . Is she still making you do all the cooking and the washing up Justin? . I haven't spoken to her for ages. :)) . Tripe is what you cook with onions. . You should know that by now. . :))) . . What's happening at DEMOS these days?