Increasing number of NHS staff considering leaving jobs: union warns

Increasing number of NHS staff considering leaving jobs: union warnsThe combination of pay-freeze and increasing workload is having a clear detrimental impact on NHS workers' morale and motivation, forcing them to quit, workers' unions warned.

In joint evidence recently submitted to the NHS pay review committee, unions outlined the dent the pay freeze has made in the morale and living standards of workers, and urged the pay review body to recommend a pay rise.

Unions pointed to a survey that found 67 per cent of NHS workers saying that their morale & motivation was worse than a year ago. In 2007 and 2010, 51 per cent and 55 per cent NHS workers had reported worse morale their previous years respectively.

According to the submitted evidence, the NHS staff is currently dealing with pay freezes, budget cuts, increased unpaid overtime, and job cuts, which has increased workplace stress.

Peter Finch, director of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said that increased pressure to provide services with fewer resources has increased real concerns about the quality of the service they provide.

Speaking on the topic, Finch added, "It is no surprise then that an increasing number of staff seriously considering leaving their job. This is not good for our members and it is not good for patients."

When contacted, a spokesperson for the NHS pay review body refused to comment on the union's evidence.