Hospital nurses have the least knowledge of any NHS staff group about the reforms but are the most aware of job cuts, a Department of Health survey has revealed.
Just over half (53 per cent) of all the 5,192 staff surveyed during the winter months of 2010 had heard of the health bill, but this ranged from 95 per cent of managers to just 40 per cent of secondary care nurses.
However, nearly a quarter of hospital nurses were aware of redundancies and job losses, which was more than GPs, managers, or hospital doctors.
Hospital nurses had higher than average levels of awareness and support regarding initiatives to improve patient information and choice – 62 per cent compared with 58 per cent on average for other staff.
The survey report said: “There was an increasing perception amongst nurses that services had got and would continue to get worse.”
Three in 10 felt services had worsened over the past 12 months but 45 per cent felt that patient care would get worse over the next few years, in line with averages for other NHS staff.