‘Care declining’ NHS workers think

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Half of NHS workers believe patient care has declined over the past two years, with more than three quarters identifying the root cause as a lack of funding, a survey has found.

The research also showed that 91% of workers reported worsening staff shortages over the same period.

Independent campaign group 38 Degrees questioned 3,547 NHS staff in an online survey, and found the majority of them, 51%, reported an increase in patient waiting times.

More than one quarter of the staff polled said they had seen the number of patients being treated in corridors rise, while 78% reported clinical staff having less time for patient care.

Only 1% of those questioned said the best way to solve the NHS crisis was to give more contracts to private providers, w hile more than four in five said the solution was to increase overall funding for the NHS.

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: “These figures bring to life the devastating impact of funding cuts and privatisation on our NHS. They paint a picture of doctors, nurses and midwives stretched to the limit, but ignored by politicians.

“But they also show that there’s still hope for our NHS. The message from doctors and nurses is clear: our health service needs more money and less privatisation.”

He added that the figures should sound alarm bells for politicians, too many of whom had turned their backs on the principle that the NHS existed to save lives, not to make money.

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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