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Nurses concerned over staffing levels in Glasgow

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Hospitals in Glasgow are experiencing severe pressures due a shortage in nursing staff, according to a staff survey.

The union Unison surveyed nurses and HCAs working across Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board, in response to continuing concerns about staffing levels.

It found that 68% of around 1,000 responders believed that staffing levels for nurses in wards was worse than it was two years ago, with 55% describing current staffing levels as ‘poor’.

Additionally, 65% of respondents said morale was worse than two years ago, 64% said they had raised a concern over staffing levels with their line manager during this period and half said workload pressures had made it hard to get time off for training or annual leave.

Cathy Miller, Unison branch secretary, said: ‘It is clear from our members’ responses that they feel that staffing levels are getting worse and that a significant majority are not confident that their line managers are able deal positively with their concerns.’

‘Unison is concerned that unless urgent action is taken to help front line staff, the situation will get worse, staff will get burned out, increasing the chances of mistakes and more outbreaks of hospital acquired infections,’ she added.

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  • I WORK IN A 24 BEDDED MEDICAL UNIT IN GLASGOW , I AM FREQUENTLY LEFT IN CHARGE AT NIGHT ,AS THE ONLY TRAINED MEMBER OF STAFF, IT IS NOT SAFE AND HAPPENS TO OTHERS ALSO

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  • I totally agree that staffing levels are getting worse and worse, we are using bank and agency nurses more and more who havent got the same level of commitment to the wards. The pressures and expectations from managers, patients and relatives are increasing by the day but I sometimes wonder where our support is to achieve high standards of care when we are increasingly left to cope with low staffing numbers.

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