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NHS staff complain of lack of support in survey

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Nearly half of NHS employees feel they can not do their job properly due to poor staffing levels, research has shown.

The NHS staff survey, compiled by the Healthcare Commission, found 47% of workers said they were overstretched, while almost a third (31%) felt under appreciated by their NHS trust.

But the survey of 160,000 workers across all 390 trusts showed an improvement on 2007, when the figures stood at 51% and 36% respectively.

The proportion of staff suffering work-related stress also improved, dropping to 28% from 33%, while the percentage of workers reporting bullying, harassment or abuse from patients fell from 26% in 2007 to 23%.

But despite a 3% fall from 2007, more than half (53%) of ambulance staff said their vehicles were not kept in a good state of repair.

Chief nursing officer for England, Christine Beasley, said: ‘The NHS is only as good as its staff and making progress to improve working in the NHS will help to ultimately deliver better quality patient care and experience. This is why the NHS staff survey is so important - it is a key tool to deliver improvement for staff and patients.’

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