I work in a chemotherapy unit and regularly work a couple of hours over due to delays or complications. We were paid a little Nhsp to cover some of it, but the last couple of months we've been told to take time owing which is impossible. I'm waiting for the three month window and then I'm going to ask for overtime payment as per the working time directive states. I've been a nurse for many years and I've had enough of the expectation we will work over and for free. Not only that, it's exhausting and tiredness leads to mistakes.
Comment on: Staff interruptions hamper doctors' work
I am a nurse involved in releasing time to care. I was followed by my manager for a 12 hour period while I was in charge/coordinating and had a caseload of patients. Every minute of my time documented.
Every hour I was inturrupted 24 times on average, with a total of approx 300 in the whole shift. Direct patient care was only 25% of the whole 12 hours.
AND THE DOCTORS THINK THEY HAVE IT BAD.