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Do 12 hour shifts increase agency use?

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Last week, #nttwitchat discussed a national initiative aimed at ensuring agency nurses are high quality and up to the job. One nurse commented that 12 hour shift were inflexible and resulted in more agency staff being used in the NHS.

What do you think?

  • Do you agree?
  • Should shifts be more flexible to cover variations in workload?
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  • Anonymous

    I do not know if it is due to being 'inflexible' that 12 hour shifts result in more bank staff being required. I have always thought it was because there is more sickness in staff working 12 hour shifts. Imagine you are to work an 8 hour shift and are feeling headachy and generally rather rough. Do you go in? Probably if you thought that by not going in you would be letting down your colleagues. Now imagine you are to work a 12 hour shift which means in all probability you will be out at least 13 hours, and the chances are you will get little to drink and if lucky a quick grabbed lunch, (those working in busy areas know this to be a realistic picture). Do you go in? Probably not!

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  • Anonymous

    yes, most agency want 12 hour shifts as they are desperate for money as their full-time jobs dont pay enough - doh!

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  • Anonymous

    Why would they?

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  • Anonymous

    No, hapharzard off duty roaster contributes to sickness. Use of agency staff is due to shortages and unfilled positions.

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