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Nurse satisfaction data to act as "safety barometer"

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The Department of Health will in future publish data comparing trusts on the satisfaction of their staff, according to health secretary Andy Burnham.

The annual NHS staff survey already provides an overall picture of the opinions and morale of nurses and the rest of the health service workforce.

But Mr Burnham said last week that he wanted NHS staff satisfaction to be more systematically measured and compared across organisations. “I believe the service should publish comparative staff satisfaction data,” Mr Burnham said in a speech last week at the think tank the King’s Fund.

“It brings out into the open where things are not going as well as they might, acting as a helpful barometer and early warning system – securing earlier resolution of problems that might in time lead to deteriorating patient care,” he said.

“Whistleblowing can’t be the only route to flush out poor practice,” he added.

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