Market Research Finds Two-Thirds of Nurses have Considered Resigning

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4th September 2013 12:10 - Health

A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey of 10,000 staff found that two-thirds (62%) had thought about leaving their job because they were under too much pressure. Furthermore, three-fifths (61%) felt unable to give patients the care they would want to because they were too busy, while four-fifths (83%) believed that their workload had increased over the past twelve months.

Data for this year - published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre - shows there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, down 5,601 on the 353,912 in May 2010.

As well as staff cuts, nurses have also had to endure a pay freeze from 2010 to 2012, which has been followed up by a 1% cap on increases from this year until 2016.

Rachael McIlroy, from the RCN, said:

"Salaries have remained static while household bills are rising, and people are finding it really hard… [In addition] The pay freeze, staff shortages and negativity following the Francis inquiry means nurses feel hard done by."

Dr Peter Carter, the RCN's Chief Executive, said:

“At a time when patients are so dependent on the nursing workforce, the idea that so many are contemplating leaving just doesn't bear thinking about… The reality is that nurses are caring for more patients, with fewer staff having less time. This just can't continue.”

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