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One quarter of staff 'would not work' during flu pandemic


More than one in four US hospital workers would not respond to an influenza pandemic emergency if asked but not required to do so, survey results suggest.

The findings suggest strategies are needed to encourage greater pandemic emergency response willingness among hospital employees.

The researchers surveyed 3,426 hospital workers, of which 34% were clinical staff, on their attitudes toward emergency response during a flu pandemic. Overall 28% of workers would not respond to a pandemic emergency if asked, but not required to do so, while 17.5% would not respond if required to do so, the authors found.

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  • and we need to know this because...???

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  • Quite worrying really, I thought that as a healthcare professional we had a duty to respond to any such emergency situation?

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